Family: Dryopteridaceae (Wood fern family)
Height: 30-75 cm (1-2.5 ft)
Polystichum acrostichoides (Michx.) Schott
Stem: erect and covered in brown scales diminishing in size as they move up the plant.
Leaves: fronds are dimorphic meaning that the fertile fronds are separate from non-fertile fronds. The fertile fronds are longer than the non-fertile fronds and have sori on the top of the leaflets that cover the whole bottom.
Sun: Part shade to shade
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Comments: It is unsure where the common name has come from but it is thought that it is derived from it being evergreen during Christmas.
Etymology: The name Polystichum comes from the greek words, poly and stichos meaning "many rows" referring to its sori. The specific epithet refers to the resemblance of the fern to a tropical fern called Acrostichum. The Latin word -oides means "looks like".
all photos by Nathanael Pilla
Landscape: As a gorgeous fern, it fulfills the landscape need of shade tolerant plants as well as a smaller size. The glossy green color holds throughout the winter.