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Rigid Buckler Fern

Dryopteris submontana

Plant Data

Order:
Polypodiales
Family:
Dryopteridaceae (Wood Fern)
Flowers:
Flowers are absent since ferns reproduce by spores.
Fruit:
The spores ripen between July and September in the UK.
Leaves:
Growing only on Limestone pavements, almost exclusively in North West England. This is a rare fern which appears in leaf between May and November. The leaves (or fronds) are narrowly triangular, rigid (hence its name), dull in colour and usually have many yellowish hairs. The stalks are also yellowish and have dark bases. The scales on the fronds are pale brown.
Maximum Size:
60cm tall.
Aroma:
Balsam-scented.
Other Names:
Limestone Buckler Fern.
Habitats:
Rocks.