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Group: 
Ferns

Ferns generally like shady, even damp places. They tend to be large plants with long serated fronds (or leaves). 

The information about this group of species has been organised into reports, charts, maps and photos. Click a pic below to see the detail:

Distribution Map Some Charts Some Photographs Sites List Records List Guidance Notes Original Tweets

Male-fern

Dryopteris filix-mas
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The most common fern in Dorset woodlands.


 

Narrow Buckler Fern

Dryopteris carthusiana
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An occasional fern of damp woodland.


 

 

Soft Shield Fern

Polystichum setiferum
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An occasional fern of woodlands and banks, especially near gardens.


 

Lady Fern

Athyrium filix-femina
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A delicate, graceful fern of shady woodlands and banks. 


 

Royal Fern

Osmunda regalis
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An occasional fern of damp woodland and scrub


 

Black Spleenwort

Asplenium adiantum-nigrum
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A small fern sometimes found on walls and rocks.


 

Wall-rue

Asplenium ruta-muraria
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A small fern found on walls and bridges.


 

Broad Buckler-fern

Dryopteris dilatata
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A common fern of woodlands, especially on acid soils.


 

Bracken

Pteridium aquilinum
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An abundant member of the fern family found in a wide variety of habitats.