Common name: Creeping Shield Fern
Lastreopsis microsora (Endl.) Tindale APNI*
Description: Rhizome long-creeping, covered with brown scales.
Fronds erect, broad-triangular, 3–4-pinnate, usually 30–90 cm long; lamina soft, pale green; upper pinnae often with basal lobes fused to rachis; ultimate segments with margins toothed, teeth acute; stipe, rachis and veins with rather dense short or long pale brown hairs, sometimes glabrous.
Sori circular, indusium pale brown, persistent.
Distribution and occurrence: Widespread and common in rainforest and wet sclerophyll forest, often forming large clumps.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, ST
Other Australian states: Qld Vic.
Text by Peter G. Wilson
|N.S.W. occurrences are: subsp. microsora|
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