Dig deeper at SERNEC, a consortium of southeastern herbaria.
See herbarium specimens at the Atlas of Florida Vascular Plants
Read about Circular Bouquets and Variant Forms of Polystichum acrostichoides from George Ellison and the Southern Appalachian Botanical Society.
Monilophytes (ferns): Leptosporangiate Ferns (true ferns): Polypodiales
PLANTS National Database
Polystichum acrostichoides var. lonchitoides
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Emily B. Sessa ebspacrostichoides_3084
Pinnae oblong-lanceolate and short-stalked, margins bristle-toothed, per Field Guide to the Ferns and Other Pteridophytes of Georgia.
Jerry Bright jeb_031508_071
March Aiken County SC
Savannah River Bluffs Heritage Preserve
Fiddleheads scaly and stout, with silvery white scales, per Peterson Field Guide to Ferns of Northeastern and Central North America.
JK Marlow jkm0403c_31
March Oconee County SC
Sumter National Forest: Andrew Pickens Ranger District
Sterile fronds and nonfertile portions of fertile fronds evergreen, per Peterson Field Guide to Ferns of Northeastern and Central North America.
JK Marlow jkm150406_070071
April Greenville County SC
Scales dense, light brown, per Peterson Field Guide to Ferns of Northeastern and Central North America.
Mark A. Musselman mam_christmasfern041408
April Dorchester County SC
Audubon Center at Francis Beidler Forest
An interesting "hug"
Emily B. Sessa ebspacrostichoides_9245
A distinctive lobe on pinna's upper side, like the toe of a Xmas stocking, per Peterson Field Guide to Ferns of Northeastern and Central North America.
JK Marlow jkm160505_510
May Jackson County NC
Is this the only fern whose fiddlehead arches backward before fully opening???
Tim Spira tpspacrostichoides_s
Fertile pinnae are constricted, widely spaced, and confined to leaf apex, per Ferns of the Smokies.
Keith Bradley kab_p_acrostichoides_8280
October Calhoun County SC
Congaree Bluffs Heritage Preserve
Sori nearly cover the underside of fertile pinnae, per Ferns of the Smokies.