Common name: Creeping Shield Fern, Glossy Shield Fern, Shiny Shield Fern
Lastreopsis acuminata (Houlston) C.V.Morton APNI*
Synonyms: Lastreopsis shepherdii (Kuntze ex Mett.) Tindale APNI*
Description: Rhizome short and erect or oblique.
Fronds tufted, erect, usually 40–60 cm long, sometimes to 90 cm; lamina pale green and shiny, narrow-triangular, 2–3-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.
Sori circular, indusiate; indusium reniform to almost peltate, glabrous.
Distribution and occurrence: Widespread in rainforest and wet sclerophyll forest, usually near creeks.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, NWS, CWS
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. Tas. S.A.
Text by Peter G. Wilson
Taxon concept: D.L. Jones (1998)
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