Polystichum braunii (Spenner) Fée
Braun's hollyfern
Dryopteridaceae (Wood Fern family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants


© Steven Joya     (Photo ID #918)


E-Flora BC Static Map

Distribution of Polystichum braunii
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Species Information

Perennial with deciduous or overwintering leaves arising from short, stout rhizomes.
Broadly lanceolate, 30-120 cm long, 10-40 cm wide, 2-pinnate, pinnules on short stalks; marginal teeth with pointed tips.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


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Ecological Framework for Polystichum braunii

The table below shows the species-specific information calculated from
original data (BEC database) provided by the BC Ministry of Forests and Range.
(Updated August, 2013)

Site Information
Value / Class




Elevation (metres)
269 0 2050
Slope Gradient (%)
23 0 85

Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]

275 10 360
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
4 0 7
Modal Nutrient Regime
# of field plots
 species was recorded in:
Modal BEC Zone Class

All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in

CWH(95), ESSF(2), ICH(7), MH(5), SBS(1)

Habitat and Range

Mesic to wet alluvial forests, coniferous forests, talus and lava flows in the lowland to subalpine zones; infrequent in BC; circumpolar, N to AK and S to ID, disjunct E to ON,PQ, NS and NF and S to MA, PA, MI, WI and MN; Eurasia.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Synonyms and Alternate Names:
Polystichum braunii subsp. purshii (Fernald) Calder & Roy L. Taylor
Polystichum braunii var. purshii Fernald