Common name: Trim Shield-fern, Trim Shield Fern
Lastreopsis decomposita (R.Br.) Tindale APNI*
Description: Rhizome short-creeping, thick, covered with brown scales.
Fronds crowded, erect, mostly 50–90 cm long; lamina broad-triangular, 3–4-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.
Sori circular, the indusium light brown, not persistent.
Distribution and occurrence: Widespread, sometimes covering large areas, in rainforest and wet sclerophyll forest.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, CWS
Other Australian states: Qld Vic.
Text by Peter G. Wilson
Taxon concept: D.L. Jones (1998)
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