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CHRISTMAS FERN (Polystichum acrostichoides)

Christmas fern, Polystichum acrostichoides, is one of the most common ferns in eastern North America. It is evergreen and its fronds were formerly used for Christmas decorations. Christmas fern’s name is said to have derived from the fact that it remains green year round, but I like to think it’s because each of the individual pinnae (small leaflets off the main stalk or axis) is shaped like a Christmas stocking.

One response

  1. Shiela

    Me, too! I always point out that Christmas stocking shape to friends, grandchildren, etc etc…

    November 29, 2010 at 1:15 pm

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