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Fraser's Screw Fern - profile

Indicative distribution

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Scientific name: Lindsaea fraseri
Conservation status in NSW: Endangered
Commonwealth status: Not listed
Profile last updated: 20 Oct 2020


Fraser's Screw Fern is a ground fern with a creeping underground root that throws up new fronds at intervals. The fronds are slender, reaching up to 60 cm in length, and tend to thread themselves inconspicuously through other vegetation. Widely spaced, triangular, light-green leaflets lie on either side of a straw-coloured stem. The leafless part of the stem is less than half of the frond length. The spores are produced under a narrow flap that runs almost entirely around the leaflet margin.


In NSW it is known only from two areas - near Hastings Point on the Tweed coast and in the Pillar Valley east of Grafton. Also occurs in far north and south-east Queensland.

Habitat and ecology

  • Poorly drained, infertile soils in swamp forest or open eucalypt forest, usually as part of a ferny understorey.

Regional distribution and habitat

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Information sources

IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
NSW North CoastYuraygir Predicted Within 30km of coast
South Eastern QueenslandBurringbar-Conondale Ranges Known Within 30km of coast
South Eastern QueenslandSunshine Coast-Gold Coast Lowlands Predicted Within 30km of coast