Polystichum proliferum

Common Name: Mother Shield-fern

Family: Dryopteraceae

Grimwade sheet number: 99

Original identification: Polystichum aculeatum variety proliferum

Distribution (from Flora of Victoria): Vic. All regions except MMAL, LMAL, WIM, RIV Also - NSW, Tas (including King Island) with doubtful reports from Qld, SA, NT; naturalized in the north island of New Zealand.

Occurs in a wide range of habitats, from moist shaded areas of near sea-level, sheltered gullies and tall mountain forests, to exposed basalt outcrops in the higher alps where locally common.

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