Ferns and Fern Allies of Mount Holyokeby Karen Searcy
Taxonomy
Dryopteridaceae
Athyrium filix-femina (Northern Lady Fern)
Leaf length16 - 36 inches
Leaf clusteringclustered
Leaf persistencedeciduous
Shape of spore-producing areaelongate
Location of spore-producing areaunderside of leaf
Leaf typecompound
Divisions of leaf bladethree
Habitatmoist woods
DescriptionDeciduous fern with leaves in a cluster on a short rhizome. The leaf blade is at least twice compound, and the spore producing areas on the underside of the leaflets (pinnae) are covered by an elongated indusium that is frequently hooked at the tip.
Habit photoKBS
Detail photo 1KBS