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Ferns and Horsetails (Monilophytes)
Clubmosses and Quillworts (Lycophytes)
Shield Ferns

Small to medium-large terrestrial ferns. Rhizome short, very scaly. Leaves in tufts, more or less evergreen; ususally 1-3 pinnate, rarely more; in many species pinnae have an upward-pointing lobe at base; veins free; sori round, in one or two rows; indusium peltate when present.

About 180 species worldwide. Three species native in Britain and Ireland, one species introduced and naturalised in Britain.

* indicates introduced species.
Polystichum aculeatum Hard Shield Fern Polysticum aculeatum thumbnail, link to P. aculeatum page
Polystichum lonchitis Holly Fern Polysticum lonchitis thumbnail, link to P. lonchitis page
Polystichum munitum* Western Sword Fern Polysticum munitum thumbnail, link to P. munitum page
Polystichum setiferum Soft Shield Fern Polysticum setiferum thumbnail, link to P. setiferum page
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