Male-fern - Dryopteris filix-mas

    Alternative names
    Male Fern

    Has a short, stout, erect rhizome shaggy with old frond bases and pale brown scales. It normally bears a single crown of soft dark green fronds, 15 to 150 cm long. This fern is normally bi-pinnate. The pinnules have rounded tips and are serrated all round. The sori underneath the pinnules are round and normally run in two parallel rows.

    Identification difficulty

    Woods, hedgebanks, ditch sides, etc.

    When to see it

    July August

    Life History


    UK Status

    Common throughout Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Common in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 343 of the 617 tetrads.

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