Western Sword-fern - Polystichum munitum

Description

A robust evergreen fern forming a large clump of erect, narrowly lance-shaped, dark green, pinnate fronds, the narrow pinnae finely spine-toothed.

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Habitat

Prefers partly shaded, moist well-drained soil.

When to see it

All year round.

Life History

Evergreen perennial.

UK Status

Infrequent or rarely recorded in Britain.

VC55 Status

Rare in Leicestershire and Rutland – the specimen from Castle Hill Country Park on 10th Jan 2016 is the first record of this species in VC55. It was not recorded in the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map