Lastreopsis microsora —Creeping Shield-fern—DRYOPTERIDACEAE

Lastreopsis microsora

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Habitat—Rainforests and eucalypt forests, beside creeks and on gently sloping sides of gullies.

Distribution—Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.

Description—. A terrestrial fern with a height of 30-100 cm, widely spreading with a long-creeping, thin rhizome usually densely covered by brown scales.

Local occurrences

Barrington/Gloucester Tops, Boorganna Nature Reserve, Booti Hill, Copeland, Waitui Falls, Wingham Brush and Zamia Place Reserve.

Fronds.— Laminae, 20 to 50 cm in length, 15 to 50 cm in width, are widely spaced along the rhizome, divided four times and broadly triangular—shaped. They are soft, flaccid, coloured bright green. and have a fine cover of hairs.

Lastreopsis microsora
Lastreopsis microsora

Sori.—. Sori are circular with peltate or kidney—shaped indusia.