Polystichum braunii var. alaskense (Maxon) Hult.
FamilyAspidiaceae — APG family: Dryopteridaceae
SynonymsPolystichum alaskense Maxon, Polystichum braunii subsp. alaskense Calder & Taylor.
DescriptionRhizome stout, terminating in vaselike crown of fronds; stipe furrowed above, densely chaffy, with thin, pale-brown, more or less attenuate scales; fronds elliptic- lanceolate, subcoriaceous, at least in some places evergreen, tapering at base and tip, with 20-40 pairs of alternating pinnae, the lowest rather short; pinnules with bristle-tipped teeth.
EcologyWoods and rocky slopes. Broken line on circumpolar map indicates range of other races or varieties.
Form of pinnules varies from ovate, with nearly peduncled base and distinct auricle, to ovate-ellipsoid, with base 2-3 mm broad attached to the rachises (var. alaskense in a narrow sense) . These types often grow together, and a sharp differentiation is hardly possible. They are therefore here regarded as a variable population under the name var. alaskense.
Hultén's Flora About

This is a digital representation of Eric Hultén’s ‘Flora of Alaska and Neighboring Territories: A Manual of the Vascular Plants’, which was published by Stanford University Press in 1968. The book was digitized by C. Webb (at UAMN) as part of the Flora of Alaska project, with funding by the US NSF (Grant 1759964 to Ickert-Bond & Webb), and with permission of Stanford University Press. Data and images © 1968 Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Jr. Univ. Usage licence: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0. NB: You may find OCR errors; please refer to the hard-copy if in doubt.