Christmas Fern Polystichum acrostichoides belongs to a large genus
of over 200 species. It is called Christmas Fern because its evergreen
spiny-toothed leaves, which look a bit like holly, were sometimes used as a
Christmas decoration. It grows on the ground in shady places or along
stream banks and it is quite a tough plant, surviving very cold winters.
The fruitdots are so numerous that they run together when the spores are
ripe and the whole underside of a fertile leaflet is brown with the spore
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