Lastreopsis acuminata

Shiny Shield-fern

Erect tufted perennial fern, fronds arching, on a short thick underground stem (rhizome).

Additional information

  • SynonymLastreopsis shepherdii
  • FamilyDryopteridaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Size0.3-0.9 m x 0.5-1 m
  • Plant groupingFerns & Fern Allies
  • LeavesNarrowly triangular shiny dark green fronds, twice divided, to 30 cm wide, tips tapering. Oblong asymmetrical segments, tips rounded, larger basal lobe, margins broadly toothed. Midrib groove hairy, distinct side ridges. Shiny purplish-brown stem.
  • FlowersNon-flowering. Round spore cases in 2 rows, on side veins. Dark brown circular or kidney-shaped membrane covering attached at one side of spores.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsMoist, humus-rich well drained soils in sheltered gullies and along creeks of wet forests and rainforests. Dappled to full shade.
  • Garden useAn attractive fern for ferneries or growing in pots.
  • Commercially availableRarely
  • Conservation statusLocally common within its preferred growing conditions
Photographer/s: Marilyn Bull ©

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