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Polystichum moorei

Status: Endangered on the EPBC Act list

A terrestrial or lithophytic fern. Rhizome short; scales dense, lanceolate, to 2 cm long, 2Ð5 mm
broad, long-acute, brown. Fronds 3-pinnate or 2-pinnatisect; stipe 2Ð12 cm long; scales on stipe
numerous, similar to those on rhizome, to 1.5 cm long, especially dense towards base; rachis
with scattered, linear-lanceolate, brown scales to 1 cm long, especially towards base, and
minute glandular hairs; lamina lanceolate in outline, 10Ð25 cm long, 7Ð14 cm broad; pinnules
obliquely ovate, 0.5Ð2 cm long, with apices obtuse, bluntly serrate; veins not visible above. Sori
more or less dome-shaped, 1.5Ð2 mm diam., glandular; indusia orbicular.

Government evidence of impact of climate change:

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  • Australian Government, Conservation Advice, Polystichum moorei

    Climate change and associated impacts (e.g. more frequent and intense storms; sea level rise; lower precipitation and higher temperatures) are likely to impact upon persistence and recruitment of the species.

    Understand and ameliorate the effects of climate change on the species.