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Soft Shield Fern

Polystichum setiferum

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Plant Data

Order:
Polypodiales
Family:
Dryopteridaceae (Wood Fern)
Type:
Fern
Life Cycle:
Perennial
Maximum Size:
120 centimetres tall
Habitats:
Waterside, woodland.
Flower:
Ferns are not flowering plants. Instead they have spores. The prominent dark orange to brown spores appear on the undersides of the fronds. Spores appear in the months of July and August in the UK.
Leaves:
A tufted evergreen, perennial, mid-green fern.
Frequency (UK):
Common  
Similar Species:
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Reproduced by kind permission of the BSBI.

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