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Polystichum moorei Christ
Family Dryopteridaceae
Polystichum moorei Christ APNI*

Description: Terrestrial or lithophytic ferns. Rhizome short; scales dense, lanceolate, to 2 cm long, 2–5 mm broad, long-acute, brown.

Fronds 3-pinnate or 2-pinnatisect; stipe 2–12 cm long; scales on stipe numerous, similar to those on rhizome, to 1.5 cm long, especially dense towards base; rachis with scattered, linear-lanceolate, brown scales to 1 cm long, especially towards base, and minute glandular hairs; lamina lanceolate in outline, 10–25 cm long, 7–14 cm broad; pinnules obliquely ovate, 0.5–2 cm long, with apices obtuse, bluntly serrate; veins not visible above.

Sori ±dome-shaped, 1.5–2 mm diam., glandular; indusia orbicular.


Distribution and occurrence: Lord Howe Is. Endemic. Rare in rocky habitats near and around the bases of Mts Gower and Lidgbird.

Clefts in basalt cliffs; frequently exposed.
NSW subdivisions: LHI

Threatened species: NSW TSCA: Endangered
AVH map***

Text by E.A. Brown
Taxon concept: Flora of Australia 49


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***The AVH map option provides a detailed interactive Australia wide distribution map drawn from collections held by all major Australian herbaria participating in the Australian Virtual Herbarium project.
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