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Ferns and fern allies of Macquarie Island

and other subantarctic islands

Macquarie Island is a treeless windswept island at approximately 55° south latitude, midway between New Zealand and Antarctica. Its pteridophyte flora is very depauperate and numbers only 5, sharing its species with Tasmania and southern Australia, New Zealand, southern South America and the other subantarctic islands that lie above 50° parallel.

These islands represent some of the harshest and most extreme cold environments in which ferns and their allies can be found.

Pteridophytes of Macquarie Island

Aus = Mainland Australia; MI = Macquarie Island; Tas = Tasmania; NZ = New Zealand; AI = Auckland Island; Cam = Campbell Is; SAm = Southern South America; FI = Falkland Islands; SG = South Georgia; Afr = Southern Africa; PE = Prince Edward Island; Cro = Crozet Island; KI = Kerguelen Island

Family Species Aus MI Tas NZ AI Cam SAm FI SG Afr PE Cro KI
Blechnaceae Blechnum penna-marina Aus MI Tas NZ AI Cam SAm FI SG - PE Cro KI
Dryopteridaceae Polystichum vestitum - MI Tas NZ AI Cam - - - - - - -
Grammitidaceae Grammitis poeppigiana Aus MI Tas NZ AI Cam SAm FI SG Afr - Cro KI
Hymenophyllaceae Hymenophyllum falklandianum - MI - - - - SAm FI SG - - - -
Lycopodiaceae Huperzia australiana Aus MI Tas NZ - Cam - - - - - - -


Updated December 1999 by Jim Croft ( jim.croft@environment.gov.au )