Common name: Naked Shield Fern
Lastreopsis munita (Mett.) Tindale APNI*
Synonyms: Phegopteris munita Mett. APNI*
Polypodium aspidioides F.M.Bailey APNI*
Description: Rhizome medium-creeping, sparsely covered with dark brown or black scales.
Fronds erect, 2–3-pinnate, 40–90 cm long; stipe base bearing short, dark, narrow-ovate scales; lamina pale green, glossy; primary pinnae upcurved, upper pinnae often with basal lobes fused to rachis; ultimate segments with margins thickened and toothed, teeth distinctly aristate.
Sori circular, without indusium.
Distribution and occurrence: Often forming large colonies, frequently found near creeks in rainforest and wet sclerophyll forest; north from Dungog.
NSW subdivisions: NC
Other Australian states: Qld
Text by Peter G. Wilson
Taxon concept: D.L. Jones (1998)
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