Lastreopsis decomposita —Trim Shield-fern, Trim Shield Fern —DRYOPTERIDACEAE

Lastreopsis decomposita

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Habitat—Widespread, sometimes covering large areas, in rainforest and wet sclerophyll forest.

Distribution—North from Victoria into New South Wales and Queensland.

Description—Rhizome short—creeping, thick, covered with brown scales

Local occurrences

Barrington/Gloucester Tops, Black Head, Black Head Flora Park, Boorganna Nature Reserve, Booti Hill, Cape Hawke, Cellito, Copeland, Darawank Nature Reserve and Wetland, Dixon Property, Karloo Street Reserve, Knappinghat Nature Reserve, Red Head, Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, Saltwater Nature Reserve, Sea Acres National Park, Seven Mile Beach and Green Point, Stephen Street Reserve, Talawahl Nature Reserve, Tiona, Wallingat National Park and Zamia Place Reserve.

Fronds.—Crowded, erect, mostly 50 to 90 cm long; lamina broad—triangular, 3 to 4—pinnate, dull grey—green, densely hairy; upper pinnae often with basal lobes fused to rachis; ultimate segments with acute to acuminate apex; axes bearing moderately dense pale brown hairs, particularly in the young frond; stipe bearing dark, lanceolate scales, especially at base.

Lastreopsis decomposita
Lastreopsis decomposita

Sori.— Circular, the indusium light brown, not persistent.