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Common name: Hard or common Shield Fern Botanical name: Polystichum richardii
Family: Dryopteridaceae Size: Fronds 10-50 x 4-25 cm on stipes (stalks) 8-35 cm


Where found:

  • Coastal to lowland forest, dry places
  • Dark green harsh fronds, though somewhat variable
  • Stipes (stalks) densely covered in narrow blackish brown scales

Click here for information on P. richardii, P. oculatum, P. newzealandicum and
P. wawranum.


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