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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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This photo gives a closeup of the sori, clusters of spore-producing sporangia. <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.

This photo gives a closeup of the sori, clusters of spore-producing sporangia.

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/60069/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 />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/60068/christmas_fern_polystichum_acrostichoides.html<br />
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  1. Wow!! I found some Christmas Fern fiddleheads recently - they were so delightfully covered in silver scales :) Posted 5 months 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 01:30 in 169 Hopewell Church Rd, Ranger, GA 30734, USA.
  • Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XTi
  • f/4.5
  • 1/160s
  • ISO400
  • 60mm