Western Sword Fern

Walking Waterhoods: Sausal Creek - Palo Seco

Western Sword Fern

Oakland, California 94607, United States

Created By: Wholly H2O


The Western sword fern (Polystichum munitum) is a common and well-known evergreen fern native to this area. Sword ferns are found in the wild and in gardens, growing most abundantly in undisturbed, old-growth forests. Western sword ferns are used for prevention of hillside erosion and soil compaction. The Ohlone used these ferns as lining in a cooking pit, between stacking objects, covering floors and beds, and as food. It was also part of a traditional game known as pala-pala, as well as used in rituals.

This point of interest is part of the tour: Walking Waterhoods: Sausal Creek - Palo Seco


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