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Polystichum munitum (Kaulf.) C. Presl

Western sword fern

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
ClassFilicopsida“Leptosporangiate” (has to do with how their spores form) ferns—includes most ferns
OrderPolypodialesPolypod ferns
FamilyDryopteridaceaeWood ferns (about 70% of the ferns)
GenusPolystichumFrom the Greek polys, “many,” and stichos, “row,” referring to the rows of sori on the type species

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Polystichum munitum (Kaulf.) C. Presl var. incisoserratum (D.C. Eaton) Underw.


Polystichum munitum description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.

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Polystichum munitum (western sword fern)

8/28/2007 · Grove Trail, Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, Stout Grove, Crescent City, Cali­fornia


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