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Phlegmariurus squarrosus

Status: Critically Endangered on the EPBC Act list

Water Tassel-fern

A fern ally with attractive hanging ÔtasselsÕ. Branches are tufted, arched towards the apex, 30Ð75
cm long. Leaves are sub-whorled or spirally arranged, thin, firm, angled at 60Ð90¡ to the axis,
entire, 10Ð30 mm long, pale green to yellowish-green, twisted near the base. Spore-bearing
leaves are abruptly contracting above the base into a long, attenuate upper portion 5Ð7 mm
long, with spore bodies occupying one-sixth of the length (information from Jones and
Clemesha, 1976; Chinnock, 1998).

Government evidence of impact of climate change:

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  • Australian Government, Conservation Advice, Phlegmariurus squarrosus

    Threats to the species are illegal collecting; habitat damage from cyclones and drought (Field; 2011).