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