Western Sword-fern - Polystichum munitum


    A robust evergreen fern forming a large clump of erect, narrowly lance-shaped, dark green, pinnate fronds, the narrow pinnae finely spine-toothed.

    Identification difficulty

    Prefers partly shaded, moist well-drained soil.

    When to see it

    All year round.

    Life History

    Evergreen perennial.

    UK Status

    Infrequent or rarely recorded in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Rare in Leicestershire and Rutland – the specimen from Castle Hill Country Park on 10th Jan 2016 is the first record of this species in VC55. It was not recorded in the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

    UK Map