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Polystichum lepidocaulon
@ Juniper Level Botanic Gdn, NC

Polystichum lepidocaulon

Whipcord Eyelash Fern

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Item #: 8164

Zones: 6b to 9b, at least

Height: 15" tall

Culture: Light Shade

Origin: China, Japan, Korea

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L) ?

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(aka Cyrtomidictyum lepidocaulon) We have been fascinated by this strange fern shared with us in 2003 by pteridomaniac Judith Jones. Hailing from mountainous rocky cliffs, the 15" tall x 30" wide evergreen specimens are composed of glossy, holly fern-like leaves. Polystichum lepidocaulon was originally in the genus, Cyrtomidictyum, where it probably should remain, although DNA researchers are trying to lump this and cyrtomium into with their reproductive organs! The unique attribute of Polystichum lepidocaulon (lepidocaulon means graceful, elegant leaves) is the terminal pinnae which morphs like a horror movie alien into a 2' long whip-like tip that extends outward where it eventually roots down to form a new plantlet...a true pteridophytic dominatrix!