Common name: Mountain Shield Fern
Lastreopsis silvestris D.A.Sm. ex Tindale APNI*
Description: Rhizome long-creeping, younger parts densely covered with dark brown scales.
Fronds erect, 3–4-pinnate, mostly 50–80 cm long; lamina dark green; upper pinnae often with basal lobes fused to rachis; ultimate segments with margins crenate; stipe bearing black, long-lanceolate scales at the base; stipe and rachis and veins with dense, soft pale to reddish brown hairs.
Sori circular, the indusium brown, persistent.
Distribution and occurrence: In rainforest at higher altitudes in the Border Ranges; rare in N.S.W.
NSW subdivisions: NC
Other Australian states: Qld
Threatened species: ROTAP: 2RCa
Text by Peter G. Wilson
Taxon concept: D.L. Jones (1998)
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