Lastreopsis hispida


Lastreopsis: like Lastrea, a fern known to the ancient Greeks; from the greek Lastrea and opsis
hispida: roughly hairy

Common Name(s)

Hairy fern

Current Conservation Status

2012 - Not Threatened

Conservation status of New Zealand indigenous vascular plants, 2012
The conservation status of all known New Zealand vascular plant taxa at the rank of species and below were reassessed in 2012 using the New Zealand Threat Classification System (NZTCS). This report includes a statistical summary and brief notes on changes since 2009 and replaces all previous NZTCS lists for vascular plants. Authors: Peter J. de Lange, Jeremy R. Rolfe, Paul D. Champion, Shannel P. Courtney, Peter B. Heenan, John W. Barkla, Ewen K. Cameron, David A. Norton and Rodney A. Hitchmough. File size: 792KB

Previous Conservation Status

2009 - Not Threatened
2004 - Not Threatened


Lastreopsis hispida (Sw.) Tindale



Flora Category

Vascular - Native

NVS Species Code


The National Vegetation Survey (NVS) Databank is a physical archive and electronic databank containing records of over 94,000 vegetation survey plots - including data from over 19,000 permanent plots. NVS maintains a standard set of species code abbreviations that correspond to standard scientific plant names from the Ngä Tipu o Aotearoa - New Zealand Plants database.

Structural Class



Rumohra hispida (Sw.) Copel.; Polystichum schkuhrii C.Presl; Nephrodium hispidum (Sw.) Hook.; Polypodium setosum G.Forst.; Polystichum hispidum (Sw.) J.Sm.; Aspidium hispidum Sw.; Dryopteris hispida (Sw.) Kuntze; Lastrea hispida (Sw.) Houlston et T.Moore


Indigenous. New Zealand: North, South, Stewart and Chatham Islands. Also Australia


Coastal to montane. Usually in forest, especially lowland, riparian forest.


Rhizome short-creeping, 5–8 mm diameter, densely scaly and hairy; scales 4.0–9.6 × 0.5–1.0 mm, dark red-brown to red-black, bristly, persistent. Fronds crowded. Stipe 100–480(–500) mm long, densely invested in harsh, bristly, stiff red-brown scales 4.0–9.6 × 0.5–1.0 mm and shorter, glandular hairs. Lamina 3–4-pinnate, deltoid, 100–500 × 60–300 mm, dark brownish green, rugose, glabrous except on veins and midribs; these invested in black bristly scales and smaller brown hairs; rachis bearing red-brown bristly scales and hairs; primary and secondary pinnae stalked, finely dissected. Ultimate segments narrowly oblong-lanceolate, sharply toothed; margins thickened with deeply cut into narrow curved teeth. Sori medial on the veinlets, or at the fork of these; indusium pale brown.

Similar Taxa

Distinguished from the other New Zealand Lastreopsis and Parapolystichum species by the harsh fronds, and distinctive stipes and rachises covered in bristly red-brown to black scales.


Not Applicable - Spore Producing

Flower Colours

No Flowers


Not Applicable - Spore Producing

Propagation Technique

Easily grown provided plants are planted in a permanently moist, shaded, well drained, humus enriched soil


Not Threatened

Chromosome No.

2n = 82

Endemic Taxon


Endemic Genus


Endemic Family



In a recent reassessment of the generic position of Lastreopsis Labiak et al. (2015) placed most of the New Zealand species of Lastreopsis within Parapolystichum. Gardner et al. (2017) completed the transfer -confirming in the process the findings of Labiak et al. (2015) that Lastreopsis hispida and L. velutina are still correctly assigned to Lastreopsis.


Fact sheet prepared for NZPCN by P.J. de Lange (12 November 2012). Description adapted from Jones (1998) and Brownsey & Smith-Dodsworth (2000).

References and further reading

Brownsey, P.J.; Smith-Dodsworth, J.C. 2000: New Zealand Ferns and Allied Plants. Auckland, David Bateman

Gardner, J.J.S.; Perrie, L.; Shepherd, L.; Nagalingum, N.S. 2017: Taxonomic Placement of Unassigned Species of Lastreopsid Ferns (Dryopteridaceae) Using Phylogeny. Systematic Botany 42: 385–391.

Jones, D.L. 1998: Lastreopsis. Pp. 405-415. Flora of Australia 48. Flora of Australia 48. Australian Biological Resources Study, CSIRO Canberra

Labiak, P.H.; Sundue, M.; Rouhan, G.; Moran, R.C. 2015: New combinations in Lastreopsis and Parapolystichum (Dryopteridaceae). Brittonia 67: 79–86.


This page last updated on 14 Jan 2018