A number of these large upright ferns were growing at the side of the old road
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Wildlife of Assynt
I am pleased I got the right ID even if the scientific name was out of date!
The 'Oxford Book of Flowerless Plants' I have was printed in 1985, and as I have found with other iSpots names have clearly changed since then.
I must get a more up to date book.
One point though when I started to enter Dryopteris pseudomas iSpot offered a list starting with Dryopteris pseudomas to select from, maybe that needs updating too??
There are lots of good fern books, but for a real step up I suggest 'Welsh Ferns' by Hutchinson and Thomas. It doesn't just cover Welsh ferns, they're all in there, with excellent diagrams of the important bits and photographs at the back (not in colour though). It's about Â£11 I think, and is a handy size to carry about. It's pretty detailed stuff but I found it invaluable in making the step between looking at the pictures and getting down to detailed information. It covers Horsetails and Clubmosses too. 'Ferns of Britain and Ireland' by Chris Page is undoubtedly the 'Bible' but it's expensive and rather weighty (in every sense of the word)!
BSBI VC Recorder
Can I be rather rude and ask why you think this is not just D. affinis? Or one of its UK segregates. D. wallichiana would be a most exciting find in the wild (as it obviously is here) as it would be a new UK record. Many Dryopteris species look superficially similar, but usually the finer detail is a pointer in the right direction - shape of pinnae, scale clothing of stem, shape of indusium (well seen in the photos) and so forth. Of course there is much discussion about the relationship of D. wallachiana to D. affinis. Before I set the local Recorder off on what may be a long trip I would need some convincing that the ID might be correct. But I would love to be convinced. Does D. wallachiana have the dark patches around the pinna-midrib base?
Totally agree with Chris's comments.
Lat/Lng: 58.2, -5.2
OS grid ref: NC1738