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.
Prefers partly shaded, moist well-drained soil.
All year round.
Infrequent or rarely recorded in Britain.
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.
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