Lemmon's Holly Fern

Polystichum lemmonii

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Status

Threatened

Description

Lemmon's holly fern is an evergreen perennial from a short, stout rhizome. The leaves are 10-40cm long and 3-7cm wide. There are 20-35 paired pinnae which are ovate with rounded pinnules. the pinnae are weakly toothed.

Habitat

Lemmon's holly fern is usually seen growing in rocky areas and areas that are sparsely vegetated with open tree cover. It requires ultramafic rock outcrop habitat.

Threats

Mineral exploration
Removal of ultramarine rock material for road construction

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