Scaly Male-fern - Dryopteris affinis


A robust fern forming a rosette of fairly erect fronds to 1.2 metres in length. It has dense, persistent scales on the stems.

Identification difficulty

Shady and damp laces. Woodland on acid soils.

When to see it

Semi-evergreen fern.

UK Status

Widespread and fairly frequent in Britain.

VC55 Status

Occasional and local in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 24 of the 617 tetrads.

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map