Polystichum lonchitis   Holly-fern

Polystichum lonchitis

I usually find this distinctive fern high up in the mountains growing out from underneath a rock but here in the Pyrenees at a height probably greater than those Scottish hills, it was a roadside weed. This is a northern hemisphere fern which is found in Europe, mountainous north America and even as far north as Alaska and Greenland.

Hill east of G├Ędre, French Pyrenees, 8th June 2009

Added on October 20th 2011

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