Lastreopsis decomposita (R.Br.) Tindale

Trim Shield-fern

Victorian Naturalist 73: 183 (1957) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: vulnerable (v)

Rhizome creeping, to 12 mm diam., covered in brown scales. Fronds crowded, erect, somewhat rigid, 50–90 cm tall. Stipe longer than lamina, hairy throughout, densely scaly at base, scattered scales above. Lamina 3–4-pinnate, broadly triangular, dull grey-green, relatively harsh, moderately to densely hairy all over; rachises with abundant hairs and usually a few scattered scales. Pinnules oblong with pointed tips, margins deeply incised into narrow teeth or lobes. Sori c. 0.5 mm diam.; indusium not persistent, brown, with yellow glandular hairs on margin.

EGL, EGU. Also Qld, NSW. Entering Victoria only in the far east, where apparently confined to a couple of gullies east of Gipsy Point near Mallacoota Inlet.

The crowded fronds on a creeping rhizome and the dull grey-green lamina with plentiful hairs are characteristic of L. decomposita.

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 decomposita in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Lastreopsis decomposita in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native

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New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory