Cheilanthes austrotenuifolia: is known as the Rock Fern. We tend to
think of ferns inhabiting moist and sheltered areas. The Rock Fern
is an exception. This hardy fern grows in dry, well-drained areas,
often in full sun. One of its favourite habitats is growing between
rocks (hence its common name). In very dry times plants tend to
shrivel. The ferns bounce back after just a few millimetres of rain.
The Rock Fern grows in clumps and has dull green, much-divided
Cheilanthes austrotenuifolia has wide distribution. The Rock Fern is
found in most Australian states as well as New Zealand and
The Rock Fern would grace rockeries and native cottage gardens.
Propagation is by division.
The species was known as Cheilanthes tenuifolia.
Rock Fern is said to be poisonous to stock but we feel that grazing
animals would have to eat large quantities before suffering any ill