Taxon  Report   6792    
Polystichum lonchitis  (L.) Roth
Holly fern,  Northern hollyfern
Polystichum lonchitis
© 2012 Dana York
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Polystichum lonchitis
© 1997 John Game
Polystichum lonchitis
© 2005 Dr. Amadej Trnkoczy
Polystichum lonchitis, a pteridophyte, is a fern (rhizomatous) that is native to California, is also found outside of California, but is confined to western North America.
CNPS Rare Plant Rank: 3 (review list).   8th Edition

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Polystichum lonchitis
© 2011 Ryan Batten
Genus: Polystichum
Communities: Lodgepole Forest, Subalpine Forest, Red Fir Forest, wetland-riparian

Wetlands: Occurs usually in non wetlands, occasionally in wetlands

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + CNPS + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
PLANTS: Polystichum mohrioides var. lemmonii
More information about  Polystichum lonchitis
Nursery / seed vendor availability from CNPLX
Commercial availability unknown.
Landscaping information from Calscape
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Records from the Consortium of California Herbaria

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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]. 2019. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available:   (Accessed: Jan 21, 2019).