Definition of Polystichum in English:


Pronunciation /pəˈlɪstɪkəm/


  • A genus of mostly evergreen terrestrial ferns of the family Dryopteridaceae, found in montane temperate and tropical regions and also cultivated as garden and house plants; (also polystichum) a fern of this genus (also called holly fern, shield fern).


Mid 19th century; earliest use found in The Times. From scientific Latin Polystichum, genus name from Hellenistic Greek πολύστιχος in many rows (from ancient Greek πολυ- + στίχος row, line), so called on account of the arrangement of the sori in rows on the underside of the leaflets in many species.