Gleichenia microphylla is a small fern growing in Australia. Also found in South East Asia, Malesia, New Caledonia and New Zealand. Referred to as one of the coral ferns. Some of the other common names include: scrambling coral fern, umbrella fern, parasol fern, carrier tangle, matua-rarauhe, matuku, tapuwae kotuku, waewae kaka, waewae kotuku and waewae matuku. A common plant, often seen growing under waterfalls, in swamps, under cliffs and in tall open forest. It prefers high humidity and good levels of sunshine and moisture. It can form large colonies. In 1810 it appeared in Prodromus Florae Novae Hollandiae, authored by Robert Brown.