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Lastreopsis microsora (Creeping shield fern)

Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Pteridophyta
Class: Pteridopsida
Order: Polypodiales
Family: Elaphoglossaceae
Genus: Lastreopsis
Species: L. microsora
Binomial name: Lastreopsis microsora
Common name: Creeping shield fern

Lastreopsis microsora is small native fern which is fairly common on shady damp riverbanks, lowland and coastal forests of the North Island. In the South Islands it is found only the from Westland and Dunedin north in coastal regions. It is also found n eastern Australia. Its fronds are erect, broad-triangular, 3–4-pinnate, usually 30–90 cm long. A distinctive feature is very small pale brown circular sori under the fronds. It has a creeping rhizome which will form large adjoining colonies. It will also reproduce with self-sown spores.
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