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Polystichum californicum
California sword-fern

Distribution: Occurring west of the Cascades crest in Washington; southern British Columbia to California.

Habitat: Moist forest understory at low elevations, typically in rock crevices.

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Threatened in Washington (WANHP)


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Accepted Name:
Polystichum californicum (D.C. Eaton) Diels
Publication: Nat. Pflanzenfam. 1(4): 191. 1899.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Aspidium californicum D.C. Eaton
Polystichum aculeatum (L.) Roth var. californicum (D.C. Eaton) Jeps.
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Polystichum californicum in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Polystichum californicum checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Polystichum californicum atlas page.

CalPhotos: Polystichum californicum photos.

USDA Plants: Polystichum californicum information.

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