Polystichum nepalense Nepal holly fern

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

Glowing fronds of Polystichum neolobatum.
Thick russet scales on the stipes of Polystichum neolobatum.
Unfurling spring fronds of Polystichum polyblepharum.

Glossy foliage of Polystichum polyblepharum adds luster to a woodland planting in the Bellevue Botanical Garden.

Polystichum proliferum in the Jessen 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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