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Sword Fern

Polystichum munitum
As its name implies, sword ferns can be readily identified by its sword-shaped leaflets. A close examination of these leaflets will show the broad “hilt” of the sword at its base where it is attached to the main stem and the “blade” narrowing to its outermost tip. The sword fern is one of the most common ferns in the refuge’s forests and beyond. It makes great cover for insects and small birds, and has many traditional uses from cooking and storing food to materials for mats and bedding.

Facts About Sword Fern

Reproduce with spores

Have leaflets shaped like swords

The dots on the undersides of the leaves are called sori and are clusters of spore sacs

Last Updated: Mar 15, 2013
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