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Christmas Fern (Polystichum acrostichoides) Growing in a moist, shaded valley in a dense mixed hardwood/coniferous forest in NW Georgia (Gordon County), US.<br />
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Christmas Fern (Polystichum acrostichoides)

Growing in a moist, shaded valley in a dense mixed hardwood/coniferous forest in NW Georgia (Gordon County), US.

Christmas Fern (Polystichum acrostichoides) Growing in a moist, shaded valley in a dense mixed hardwood/coniferous forest in NW Georgia (Gordon County), US.<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/60068/christmas_fern_polystichum_acrostichoides.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/60070/christmas_fern_polystichum_acrostichoides.html Geotagged,Polystichum acrostichoides,Spring,United States

Christmas Fern (Polystichum acrostichoides) Growing in a moist, shaded valley in a dense mixed hardwood/coniferous forest in NW Georgia (Gordon County), US.<br />
<br />
This photo gives a closeup of the sori, clusters of spore-producing sporangia. <br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/60068/christmas_fern_polystichum_acrostichoides.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/60069/christmas_fern_polystichum_acrostichoides.html Geotagged,Polystichum acrostichoides,Spring,United States

    comments (3)

  1. Wow, you're really opening up a world of ferns here, I had no idea about this kind of diversity. Thanks for pioneering this category!

    PS: I'm seeing mixed usage of Polypodiopsida/Pteridopsida as the class. This causes a split in the tree:
    https://www.jungledragon.com/wildlife/browse/plantae/pteridophyta

    Thoughts on which of those two we would pick to consistently use?
    Posted 5 days ago
    1. It seems to be an unresolved classification, so I'm not sure which I would choose. Most sites that I see prefer the former, Polypodiopsida. Posted 4 days ago
      1. Thanks! Merged the two groups now into a single one:
        https://www.jungledragon.com/wildlife/browse/plantae/pteridophyta/polypodiopsida/polypodiales
        Posted 4 days ago

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''Polystichum acrostichoides'', commonly denominated Christmas fern, is a perennial, evergreen fern native to eastern North America, from Nova Scotia, Canada west to Minnesota and south to Florida and eastern Texas. It is naturalized in Europe. It is one of the commonest ferns in eastern North America, being found in moist and shady habitats in woodlands, rocky slopes, and stream banks. The common name derives from the evergreen fronds which are often still green at Christmas in December.

Similar species: Polypodiales
Species identified by Lisa Kimmerling
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By Lisa Kimmerling

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Uploaded May 16, 2018. Captured May 10, 2018 01:27 in 169 Hopewell Church Rd, Ranger, GA 30734, USA.
  • Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XTi
  • f/3.2
  • 1/80s
  • ISO400
  • 60mm