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Mother Shield-fern - native (Polystichum proliferum)

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Family: Aspidiaceae.

Native of SE Australia.

Occurrence: Rare locally. It has been recorded at Wattle Gully (Chewton) and Elphinstone.


polus = many; stickhos = a row or line, referring to the arrangement of spores; proles = offspring; feros = to bear, referring to the ability to produce plantlets at the ends of the fronds.

Image: Mother Shield-fern.