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Common name

English: Soft shield fern

German: Borstiger Schildfarn

Portuguese: Fentanha


Kingdom: Plantae (2659)

  Phylum: Pteridophyta (45)

    Class: Polypodiopsida (36)

      Order: Polypodiales (35)

        Family: Dryopteridaceae (8)

          Genus: Polystichum (1)

            Epithet: setiferum (Forssk.) Woyn. (1)

Synonyms: Aspidium aculeatum (Kit. ex Willd.) Arcang., Aspidium angulare (Kit. ex Willd.) C.Presl, Aspidium hastulatum Ten., Aspidium lobatum (Kit. ex Willd.) Mett., Dryopteris aculeata (Kit. ex Willd.) Schinz & R.Keller, Dryopteris setifera (Forssk.) Woyn., Hypopeltis hastulata (Ten.) Tod., Polypodium angulare (Kit. ex Willd.) Fr., Polypodium setiferum Forssk., Polystichum aculeatum (Willd.) Vollm., Polystichum angulare (Kit. ex Willd.) C.Presl, Polystichum setiferum (Forssk.) Rosend.

aculeata => with thorns, prickly and pointed

aculeatum => with thorns, prickly and pointed

lobatum => divided into or bearing lobes

setiferum => from saeta, a bristle or stiff hair and fero, to bear or carry


Climate: temperate

Habitat: mesophytic

Habit: herb

External links

Check for Polystichum setiferum at

World Flora Online, GBIF or IPNI


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