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Plant Details

Polystichum acrostichoides

Christmas Fern

Scientific Name:

Polystichum acrostichoides

Common Name:

Christmas Fern

Plant Family

Dryopteridaceae (Wood Indies-Almond Family)

Native/Alien:

Native

Type:

Fern

Size in Feet:

1 - 2 ft

Light:

shade

Soil Moisture:

mesic to sub-mesic(*)

Bloom Area:

State-wide

Habitat Description:

Moist to dry forests and woodlands, especially slopes, ravines, and small stream bottomlands.

Fertile fronds

An evergreen fern, common throughout the state. The smaller leaflets in the upper portion of the fronds are fertile and have brown spores on the undersides.

image

Ann Weaver, taken outside of Wake Forest on a north-facing site at the edge of the woods.

Close-up of frond

The leaflets have a characteristic lobe at the base and a bristle at the tip of each tooth.

image

Paynter, Wilmington, July, 2014

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


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