Lastreopsis marginans (F. Muell.) Tindale

Glossy Shield Fern

Rhizome short-creeping, thick; scales dark brown. Fronds  to 80 cm or so long. Blade divided 3-4 times, dark green and exceptionally glossy, upper branch basal lobes fused to branch stem; stalk with dark scales at base. Ultimate segments with pointed teeth. Sori round in a row below margin. Indusia more or less black. Needs shelter and warmth.

Recognition: Blade leathery and extremely glossy above; ultimate segments each with a sharp apical tooth; indusia dark coloured, arranged in a row just below segment margin.

Australia (Qld, NSW).

Created by: Val Stajsic

Updated by: Val Stajsic, May 2018

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kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Polypodiopsida
order     Polypodiales
family      Dryopteridaceae
genus       Lastreopsis