Lastreopsis acuminata —Creeping/Glossy/Shiny Shield Fern.—DRYOPTERIDACEAE

Lastreopsis acuminata

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Habitat—Widespread in rainforest and wet sclerophyll forest, usually near creeks.

Distribution—Tasmania, South Australia, Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland

Description—Rhizome short and erect or oblique

Local occurrences

Barrington/Gloucester Tops, Boorganna Nature Reserve, Charlotte Head and Sea Acres National Park.

Fronds.— Tufted, erect, usually 40 to 60 cm long, sometimes to 90 cm; lamina pale green and shiny, narrow-triangular, 2 to 3—pinnate, pinnae acuminate, glabrous except along veins and grooved rachis; upper pinnae without basal lobes fused to rachis; ultimate segments with acute teeth; axes covered with relatively long, soft, spreading hairs.

Lastreopsis acuminata
Lastreopsis acuminata

Sori.—Circular, indusiate; indusium reniform to almost peltate, glabrous