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Christmas Fern

Polystichum acrostichoides

Habitat: Common among rocks and walls.

Features: Evergreen with leaves that taper noticeably toward the middle portion of the leaves; piky pinnules that give it a holly look; distinct rise on each leaflet at the area close to the axis; shiny and wet looking texture; grows in a circular pattern from the ground

Height: 8-25in. (20-60cm.)

Axis: Green with many scales

Stalk: Very scaly and brown at base; green above

Rise on each pinnule
Lexington, MA November 2002