Flora of Northern Ireland
Polystichum aculeatum
© Graham Day
Polystichum aculeatum
© Graham Day
Polystichum aculeatum
© Paul Hackney
Polystichum aculeatum
(Map updated: March 2008)
 

This fern is similar to soft shield fern in general appearance but is of a much stiffer texture and has a more glossy appearance. It is also less common, requiring more base-rich rocks and soils.

All names: Polystichum aculeatum (L.) Roth; Polystichum lobatum (Huds.) Chevall.; Aspidium aculeatum (L.) Sw.; Aspidium lobatum (Huds.) Sw.