Ferns and Fern Allies of Mount Holyokeby Karen Searcy
Taxonomy
Dryopteridaceae
Polystichum acrostichoides (Christmas Fern)
Leaf length12 - 24 inches
Leaf clusteringclustered
Leaf persistenceevergreen
Shape of spore-producing arearound/kidney shaped
Location of spore-producing areaunderside of leaf
Leaf typecompound
Divisions of leaf bladeone
Habitatrich, moist woods
DescriptionAn evergreen fern with a once compound leaves that grow from a cluster on a short rhizome. The leaflets (pinnae) have a characteristic lobe at the base so that individual leaflets look like stockings. The stipe or leaf stalk is covered with scales.
Habit photoPW
Detail photo 1PW