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Christmas Fern

Polystichum acrostichoides

Description:

Evergreen fern with fronds growing to 30-80 cm long and 5-12 cm broad, pinnate with 20-35 pair of pinnules.

Habitat:

. Native to eastern North America from Nova Scotia west to Minnesota and south to Florida and eastern Texas. This one was photographed in a deciduous forest in east-central Georgia along the Bartram Trail in Columbia County, GA.

Notes:

It is one of the most common ferns in eastern North America, being found in a wide variety of habitats and locations. The fronds are semi-erect until the first hard frost, after which they recline to be flat on the ground, effectively holding in place fallen leaves so that they become soil on the slope.

1 Species ID Suggestions

Christmas Fern
Polystichum acrostichoides


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6 Comments

QWMom
QWMom 7 years ago

Thanks so much!! :)

KenCheeks
KenCheeks 7 years ago

QWMom, I added a couple of fern pics to your mission.

QWMom
QWMom 7 years ago

Hi Ken! I have a fern mission going.. would you mind adding this and any other ferns you want it it? (Especially identified species!) Hoping to learn enough that identifying these will be much easier!

http://www.projectnoah.org/missions/1864...

KenCheeks
KenCheeks 7 years ago

Thanks chesterbperry for the second look at this fern. Your ID suggestion looks spot on.

KenCheeks
KenCheeks 7 years ago

chesterbperry, I added two more close-up photos that show the pinnae. They appear to be finely toothed.

chesterbperry
chesterbperry 7 years ago

It is not ebony spleenwort, the rachis is always dark, hence the common name. Sorry, not sure will be able to identify. Are the pinnae toothed or entire?

KenCheeks
Spotted by
KenCheeks

Georgia, USA

Spotted on Apr 4, 2009
Submitted on Jan 27, 2013

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