Lastreopsis hispida (Sw.) Tindale

Bristly Shield-fern

Victorian Naturalist 73: 181 (1957) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Rhizome creeping, moderately thick, covered in narrow, red-brown scales. Fronds close together, erect, 30–85 cm tall. Stipe about as long as lamina, densely covered in stiff, red-brown bristles up to 1 cm long with bases persisting as tubercles. Lamina 3–4-pinnate, triangular, dark green, firm in texture, glabrous except along veins; rachises with bristles similar to those of stipe. Pinnules oblong-lanceolate, sharply pointed, margins deeply incised into narrow, toothed segments. Indusium fawn, with glandular margin (which may be tucked under indusium).

GipP, HSF, OtR, VAlp. Also NSW, Tas. New Zealand. Grows in wet forests. Locally plentiful in southern Otways (e.g. Maits Rest), but rare outside this area, in scattered localities in mountains east of Melbourne (e.g. Olinda, Fernshaw, Beenak), and discovered in 2015 in the Kuark area on south side of Errinunda Plateau in East Gippsland).

A very distinctive fern, with its narrow, pointed pinnules and bristly stipe and rachies.

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.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-02-06
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
order Polypodiales
genus Lastreopsis
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Lastreopsis hispida in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Lastreopsis hispida in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present cultivated
Gippsland Plain present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Otway Ranges present native
Victorian Alps present native

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New South Wales