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Fern growing in a well

Observed: 22nd August 2011 By: ChalkieChalkie’s reputation in PlantsChalkie’s reputation in PlantsChalkie’s reputation in PlantsChalkie’s reputation in Plants
Aug 2011 254 fern in well
Aug 2011 254 fern in well 1
Description:

Fronds about 15-20cm long. Unfortunately I didn't photograph the backs of the fronds. Some older stems appear blackish, but younger leaves have green stems.
'Coastal' not really relevant, as it was growing in a dark well (at Dunstanburgh Castle). Glossy, attractive leaves. Any ideas please?

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Black spleenwort

I did wonder about that, as the older stems were black stalked, but the younger ones were decidedly green, which I can't find mentioned in my books.