Lastreopsis hispida

Bristly Shield-fern

Erect perennial fern, either tufted or on a thick creeping underground stem (rhizome). Sometimes grows as an epiphyte on tree ferns and mossy logs. Long red-brown bristles on stem and midrib.

Additional information

  • FamilyDryopteridaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Size0.1-0.8 m x 0.3-0.6 m
  • Plant groupingFerns & Fern Allies
  • LeavesFirm triangular dark green fronds, divided 3-4 times, to 20 cm wide. Oblong asymmetrical segments, tips sharply pointed, margins deep and narrowly toothed. Midrib groove hairy, distinct side ridges.
  • FlowersNon-flowering. Round spore cases scattered on side veins. Fawn circular or kidney-shaped membrane covering attached at one side of spores, margins fringed.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsMoist humus-rich soils in wet forest and rainforest gullies. Dappled to full shade.
  • Garden useGrow in moist protected ferneries or in containers.
  • Commercially availableNever
  • Conservation statusRare in Victoria with few known populations. Known from few sites within the Shire.
Photographer/s: Marilyn Bull ©

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