Lemon-scented Fern - Oreopteris limbosperma


    Erect yellowish-green fronds, 30 to 100 cm. Fronds widest at centre, very narrow at base. Once-pinnate, pinnae broad-based, blunt, margins untoothed. Sori small, at outer edges of segments. Although at a glance this yellow green fern could be easily confused with several others such as Lady Fern, it is most easily identified by the fact that it is mildly lemon scented when crushed.

    Identification difficulty
    Recording advice

    The County Recorder requires a specimen for verification


    Often found in damp stony areas and on humus rich acidic ground.

    When to see it

    Spores ripe in July and August.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Widespread though not particularly common in Britain, and scarcer in parts of central and eastern England.

    VC55 Status

    Local and quite uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 5 of the 617 tetrads.

    It is on the local VC55 Rare Plant Register

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