Parapolystichum microsorum

Parapolystichum microsorum, synonym (in part) Lastreopsis microsora, known as the creeping shield fern is a common small plant found in eastern Australia and New Zealand.[2] The habitat is rainforest or moist sheltered eucalyptus forests. It may form large colonies. The specific epithet microsora translates to "small sori".[3]

Parapolystichum microsorum
Fern Mt Kembla.JPG
Mount Kembla, Australia
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Division: Polypodiophyta
Class: Polypodiopsida
Order: Polypodiales
Suborder: Polypodiineae
Family: Dryopteridaceae
Genus: Parapolystichum
P. microsorum
Binomial name
Parapolystichum microsorum
(Endl.) Labiak, Sundue & R.C.Moran[1]

P. microsorum subsp. microsorum:

  • Aspidium acuminatum var. villosum Bailey
  • Aspidium microsorum (Endl.) Kaulf.
  • Lastreopsis microsora (Endl.) Tindale
  • Dryopteris albovillosa Watts
  • Dryopteris baileyana Domin
  • Lastrea microsora (Endl.) C.Presl
  • Nephrodium microsorum Endl.

P. microsorum subsp. pentagulare:

  • Aspidium pentangularum (Colenso) Colenso
  • Ctenitis pentangularis (Colenso) Alston
  • Nephrodium pentangularum Colenso


Two subspecies are recognized:[1]


  1. ^ a b c Hassler, Michael & Schmitt, Bernd (January 2020), "Parapolystichum microsorum", Checklist of Ferns and Lycophytes of the World, 8.20, retrieved 2020-01-20
  2. ^ Brownsey & Dodsworth, New Zealand Ferns, David Bateman Ltd Auckland 2000, ISBN 1869530039
  3. ^ Les Robinson - Field Guide to the Native Plants of Sydney, ISBN 978-0-7318-1211-0 page 312