Lastreopsis: like Lastrea, a fern known to the ancient Greeks; from the greek Lastrea and opsis
hispida: roughly hairy
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
Vascular - Native
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.
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.
Distinguished from the other Lastreopsis species by the harsh fronds, and distinctive stipes and rachises covered in bristly red-brown to black scales.
Not Applicable - Spore Producing
Not Applicable - Spore Producing
Easily grown provided plants are planted in a permanently moist, shaded, well drained, humus enriched soil
2n = 82
Life Cycle and Dispersal
Minute spores are wind dispersed (Thorsen et al., 2009).
Where To Buy
Not commercially available
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
Jones, D.L. 1998: Lastreopsis. Pp. 405-415. Flora of Australia 48. Flora of Australia 48. Australian Biological Resources Study, CSIRO Canberra
Thorsen, M. J.; Dickinson, K. J. M.; Seddon, P. J. 2009. Seed dispersal systems in the New Zealand flora. Perspectives in Plant Ecology, Evolution and Systematics 11: 285-309
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