Polystichum vestitum (G. Forst.) C. Presl

Prickly Shield-fern

Fronds divided 2 times, to a maximum of about 1 m long and 25 cm wide. Stalks and midribs with dark shiny brown, pale-edged scales. Blades narrowly elliptic or oblong in outline. Indusia pale brown, almost flat. Can grow in cool areas.

Recognition: Stem forming a short trunk; frond long and narrowly oblong in outline; axes with a dense covering of pale-edged scales.

New Zealand.

Created by: Val Stajsic

Updated by: Val Stajsic, May 2018

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kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Polypodiopsida
order     Polypodiales
family      Dryopteridaceae
genus       Polystichum