Lastreopsis velutina


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

Common Name(s)

Velvet 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 velutina (A.Rich.) 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



Ctenitis velutina (A.Rich.) Copel.; Lastrea velutina (A.Rich.) Brack.; Nephrodium velutinum (A.Rich.) Hook.f.; Aspidium velutinum A.Rich.; Dryopteris velutina (A.Rich.) Kuntze

Flower Colours

No Flowers


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.


References and further reading

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.

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