Lastreopsis acuminata (Houlston) C.V.Morton

Shiny Shield-fern

Contr. U.S. Natl Herb. 38: 245 (1973) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Rhizome almost erect, short and thick, covered in narrow, dark brown scales; old stipe bases persistent. Fronds tufted, erect, 30–90 cm tall. Stipe usually longer than lamina, glossy, pink to purplish-brown, a few scales near base. Lamina 2-(less commonly 3)-pinnate, narrowly triangular with long-tapering apex, light to dark green, shiny, glabrous except for a few hairs along veins; rachises with abundant fine hairs. Pinnules asymmetrically oblong with blunt to acute tips, margins broadly toothed, often with larger basal lobe. Indusium dark brown, lacking glands.

CVU, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, GGr, HFE, HNF, HSF, OtP, OtR, Strz, VAlp, VVP, WaP, WPro. Also SA, Qld, NSW, Tas. (including Bass Strait islands). Widespread in moist forests (both cool- and warm-temperate rainforest), often near creeks and in gullies, and sometimes the dominant ground layer species. Usually terrestrial but sometimes epiphytic on tree-ferns. Only once (1949) reported from Grampians.

Pinnae are variable in shape: leaflets can be entire, scalloped or sharply toothed and pinnae often have long, tapering tips. However, fronds are always tufted and the lamina is shiny, glabrous (except for veins and rachises) and usually 2-pinnate.

Source: Entwisle, T.J. (1994). Ferns and allied plants (Psilophyta, Lycopodiophyta, Polypodiophyta). In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 2, Ferns and Allied Plants, Conifers and Monocotyledons. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Lastreopsis acuminata in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Lastreopsis acuminata in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Glenelg Plain present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Otway Ranges present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native
Highlands-Far East present native
Victorian Alps present native

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South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory