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Braun’s holly fern is part of the wood fern family (Dryopteridaceae). The Braun’s holly fern gains its name from the similarity of its sub-leaflets (pinnules) to the leaves of holly. The frond can be evergreen in milder climates and is a dark green. The fronds have a narrowed tip and base, and have scales on the underside. The fronds are typically large, growing up to 70cm high and 22 cm wide. The sub-leaflets of Braun’s holly fern have serrated margins with bristle-edged teeth. The stem is short, stout, erect, and is covered in brown scales.
Braun’s holly fern prefer cool, moist, and shaded areas within a forest, but is also capable of growing on rocky slopes and moist cliffs.
Reproduction occurs both by spore and vegetatively by rhizome.