Taxon  Report   6793 
Polystichum munitum  (Kaulf.) C. Presl
Western sword fern,  Western swordfern
Polystichum munitum
© 2008 Keir Morse
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Polystichum munitum
© 2007 Neal Kramer
Polystichum munitum
© Gerald and Buff Corsi 2007 California Academy of Sciences
Polystichum munitum, a pteridophyte, is a fern that is native to California, is also found elsewhere in North America and beyond.

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Polystichum munitum
© 2008 Matt Below
Genus: Polystichum
North Coastal Coniferous Forest, Redwood Forest, Douglas-Fir Forest, Chaparral, Yellow Pine Forest, Red Fir Forest
Habitat: streambanks
Wetlands: Occurs usually in non wetlands, occasionally in wetlands
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Accepted by JEF + PLANTS + JM93
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PLANTS: Polystichum munitum var. incisoserratum
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This plant is available commercially.
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Suggested Citation
Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation,
with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals, including the Consortium of California Herbaria.
[web application]. 2018. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization].
Available:   (Accessed: Aug 18, 2018).

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