Seeds of South Australia
Cheilanthes sieberi ssp. pseudovellea (Adiantaceae)
Hairy Mulga Fern
List of species for Cheilanthes
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Herbarium regions:
North Western, Lake Eyre, Eyre Peninsula
NRM regions:
Alinytjara Wilurara, Eyre Peninsula, South Australian Arid Lands
IBRA regions
Northern Flinders (FLB05)Flinders Lofty Block
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(i,ii))
Gawler Volcanics (GAW02)Gawler
 Vulnerable   (IUCN: VU D2)   [localised in rocky outcroops. Not typical of habitat]
Gawler Lakes (GAW03) 
 Vulnerable   (IUCN: VU D2)   [localised in rocky outcroops. Not typical of habitat]
Kintore (GVD04)Great Victoria Desert
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(i,ii))   [likes rich soils]
Breakaways (STP01)Stony Plains
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(i,ii))   [likes rich soils]
Oodnadatta (STP02) 
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(i,ii))   [likes rich soils]
Sturt Stony Desert (CHC02)Channel Country
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(i,ii))   [likes rich soils]
Mann-Musgrave Block (CER01)Central Ranges
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(i,ii))   [likes rich soils]
RSCA map:
Regional Species Conservation Assessments per IBRA subregion. Please click the thumbnail map.
AVH map:
Australian distribution map (external link)
SA Census:
Census of South Australian plants (external link)     [genus Cheilanthes]
Name derivation:
Cheilanthes from the Greek 'cheilos' meaning a lip and 'anthos' meaning a flower, alluding to the lip-like indusium (thin membrane covering the sorus). Sieberi named after Franz Wilhelm Sieber (1785-1844), a Bohemian botanist and plant collector who travelled to Europe, the Middle-east, Southern Africa and Australia. Pseudovellea means false velleia, possibly in reference to its mistaken status as a species (Cheilanthes vellea).
Found scattered in northern South Australia growing in soil-pockets in rocky areas similar to Cheilanthes sieberi ssp. sieberi but often in drier situations. Also found in Western Australia, Northern Territory, Queensland and New South Wales.
Native. Rare in South Australia. Very rare in New South Wales. Uncommon in Western Australia. Common in the other States.
Plant description:
Erect fern to 40 cm tall. Fronds clustered or scattered and covered in fine white hairs on both sides of the lamina and sometimes the stipe. This subspecies differs from the other subspecies found in South Australia, Cheilanthes sieberi subsp. sieberi, which is glabrous on both surfaces or rarely very sparsely hairy on lower surface.
Fruit type:
Sori (spores) on the underside margins of the fronds between the lobes.
Seed type:
Very fine spores.
Seed collecting:
Look under the fronds and collect ones with spores and place in a seal paper bags to prevent spores from fulling out.
Seed cleaning:
Leave fronds in the paper bag to dry. The spores will fall off naturally or give the fronds a gentle shake. Use a very fine sieve to separate any unwanted material. Be careful as the spores are very fine. Store spores in an air tight container in a cool and dry place or in a -20oC freezer.