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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 3 years 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 3 years ago
      1. Thanks! Merged the two groups now into a single one:
        https://www.jungledragon.com/wildlife/browse/plantae/pteridophyta/polypodiopsida/polypodiales
        Posted 3 years 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.

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