Genus: Dryopteris

wood fern

This fern genus has spore-bearing leaves that are similar to its vegetative leaves. Sori in most species are located along the leaf veins in the center of the blade. Plants are perennial. Hybrids are common in mixed-species populations. References: Thorne and Thorne (1989), Montgomery and Wagner (1993).

Family

Dryopteridaceae (wood fern family)

This Genus’s Species in New England:

Visit this genus in the Dichotomous Key