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Unknown fern

Observed: 27th May 2012 By: thoreau22thoreau22’s reputation in Plants
2012 (279)
Description:

Can anyone help me identify this fern?

Identifications
  • Male Fern (Dryopteris filix-mas)
    Confidence: It's likely to be this, but I can't be certain.
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    Likely ID
    Scaly Male Fern (Dryopteris affinis agg)
    Confidence: It's likely to be this, but I can't be certain.
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Comments

GrizzledBadger's picture

Fern

Were there bristles at the tips of the leaflets, Dryopteris leaflets don't have them.

Brock

lavateraguy's picture

Another possibility is ...

... Oreopteris limbosperma. This can be distinguished from the commoner Dryopteris filix-mas by the former's marginal sori, but is otherwise easy (for non-experts, such as myself) to overlook as the latter; the one time I found Oreopteris limbosperma it was growing with Dryopteris filix-mas and several other species, so it was easier to see a difference.

It's not Athyrium or Polystichum.