Taxon  Report   6793    
Polystichum munitum  (Kaulf.) C. Presl
Western sword fern,  Western swordfern
Polystichum munitum
© 2008 Matt Below
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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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Plant Characteristics
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Polystichum munitum
© 2008 Keir Morse
Genus: Polystichum
Communities: North Coastal Coniferous Forest, Redwood Forest, Douglas-Fir Forest, Chaparral, Yellow Pine Forest, Red Fir Forest

Wetlands: Occurs usually in non wetlands, occasionally in wetlands

Habitat: streambanks

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
PLANTS: Polystichum munitum var. incisoserratum
More information about  Polystichum munitum
Nursery / seed vendor availability from CNPLX
This plant is available commercially.
Landscaping information from Calscape
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Jepson eFlora

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 18, 2019).