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Scientific Name: Polystichum munitum
Pronunciation: puh-LISS-tih-kum MUN-ee-tum
Common Name: western sword fern
Family Name: Dryopteridaceae
Plant Type: Fern
Key ID Features: Fronds once pinnate, most between 10-20 cm wide x 80-120 cm long; pinnae delicately serrated with a larger tooth near pinna base, lower surface has obvious yellow to orange sori.
Course(s): HORT 1155, Level 4 Apprenticeship

Habit: Arching
Form: Vase
Texture: Medium
Mature Size:
Height:0.7 - 1.3m
Spread:1.0 - 1.5m
Growth Rate:Moderate
Origin: B.C. west of Cascades, U.S. - northwest
Hardiness Rating: Zone 4: (-34 to -29 C)
Exposure: Filtered shade, Part sun/part shade
Soil/ Growing Medium: Acidic, Well-drained
Water Use: Moderate
Landscape Uses: Group or mass planting, Mixed shrub border, Woodland margin
Additional Info: Google
western sword fern
Leaf Morphology: Glossary
Form: Compound, Fern-like
Arrangement: Basal
Texture/ Venation: Leathery
Surfaces: Lustrous
Compound Leaf: Bipinnate
Colour in Fall: Green, Brown
Leaf(let) Terms:
Shapes: Lanceolate
Apices: Acute
Bases: Obtuse
Margins: Dentate

Inflorescence Type: n/a
Flower Morphology:n/a
Colour (petals): No flowers
Flower Time at Peak:

Fruit Type: Sporangium (spores)
Fruit Colour: Brown
Fruiting Time: Jun, Jul
Additional Info: Not showy, Persistent

Bark Morphology: Other
Bark or Stem Colour:
Additional Info:no above ground stem
Organ Modifications: Rhizomes

Propagation: Division - below ground parts
Plant Care:
Pest Susceptibility: Pest resistant, Disease resistant
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