Polystichum lonchitis

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Polystichum lonchitis
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Polystichum lonchitis in Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Class: Polypodiopsida
Order: Polypodiales
Suborder: Polypodiineae
Family: Dryopteridaceae
Genus: Polystichum
P. lonchitis
Binomial name
Polystichum lonchitis

Polystichum lonchitis is a species of fern known by the common name northern hollyfern,[1] or simply holly-fern.[2] It is native to much of the Northern Hemisphere from Eurasia to Alaska to Greenland and south into mountainous central North America. It grows in moist, shady, rocky mountain habitat. This fern produces several erect linear leaves up to 60 centimetres (24 in) long. Each leaf is made up of many lance-shaped to oblong leaflets up to 3 or 4 centimetres (1.2 or 1.6 in) long, the longest ones occurring distal to the midpoint of the leaf, the basal leaflets smaller and triangular in shape. The leaflets have toothed and often spiny edges.

A nature print of Polystichum lonchitis


  1. ^ "Polystichum lonchitis". Natural Resources Conservation Service PLANTS Database. USDA. Retrieved 31 January 2016.
  2. ^ "BSBI List 2007". Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland. Archived from the original (xls) on 2015-01-25. Retrieved 2014-10-17.

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