Epithet means "from Nepal."
description: The rhizome is erect. The stipes with straw-brown-edged, dark-centered scales are up to one-half of the
Glossy foliage of Polystichum polyblepharum adds luster to a woodland planting in the Bellevue Botanical Garden.
frond length. Blades are narrowly lanceolate, firm-textured, and once-pinnate. The 15 to 25 pairs of toothed pinnae range from narrowly sickle-shaped with a hint of an auricle to chubby. The latter look like a series of wooden Dutch shoes stepping up and out from the rachis. The sori with peltate in-dusia are close to the midrib.
range and habitat: This species enjoys mossy shade and good drainage in the hills of the Himalayas, eastern Asia, Burma (Myanmar), Japan, and the Philippines.
culture and comments: Rarely found in cultivation, Polystichum nepalense challenges the spore propagator with its inconsistent and reluctant performances from sowings. so, i have had the opportunity to admire, but not to cultivate this species. I would consider it a prize for the collector's display in rocky woodland rubble and moist, humusy light shade.
The species has been compared in the literature with Poly-stichum lentum from which it is distinguished by the lack of a proliferous bud and a corresponding extended rachis, as well as having unlobed pinnae without the lower pair pointing downwards.
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