Search

[?]

Open the Advanced Search

Alpine Lady Fern

Athyrium distentifolium

Please keep in mind that it is illegal to uproot a plant without the landowner's consent and care should be taken at all times not to damage wild plants. Wild plants should never be picked for pleasure and some plants are protected by law.
For more information please download the BSBI Code of Conduct PDF document.

Plant Data

Order:
Polypodiales
Family:
Athyriaceae (Lady Ferns)
Also in this family:
Type:
Fern
Life Cycle:
Perennial
Maximum Size:
70 centimetres tall
Habitats:
Mountains, rocks.
Flower:
Ferns do not have flowers.
Fruit:
Similar to Lady Fern (Athyrium filix-femina) but Lady Fern has curved spore cases rather than round spore cases. The spores mature in July and August.
Leaves:
Usually a short fern, no more than 1 foot tall but sometimes taller.
Frequency (UK):
Unusual  
Similar Species:
Distribution Map

Reproduced by kind permission of the BSBI.

Click to open an Interactive Map