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Northern Swordfern - Polystichum lonchitis
Other Names:  Northern Hollyfern

Native Species

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S4S5
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General Description
Leaves erect, 5–60 cm long. Leaf blade nearly linear. Pinnae rarely overlapping, broadly lanceolate to mitten-shaped, 5–30 mm long with spreading-spiny margins. Indusium with jagged margins (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Species Range
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Range Comments
In MT across the western two-thirds of the state; AK to Greenland south to CA, AZ, CO, WI, and QC (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 66

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Habitat
Wet, rocky slopes, avalanche chutes, cliffs, moist forest; all elevations (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

References
  • Literature Cited AboveLegend:   View Online Publication
    • Lesica, P., M.T. Lavin, and P.F. Stickney. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 771 p.
  • Additional ReferencesLegend:   View Online Publication
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    • Steerey, W. F. 1979. Distribution, range use and population characteristics of Mule Deer associated with the Schafer Creek winter range, Bridger Mountains, Montana. M.Sc. Thesis. Bozeman, Montana: Montana State University. 119 p.
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