Connecticut Plants
Boott's Woodfern
Dryopteris √óboottii (Tuckerman) Underwood

Boott's fern is a sterile hybrid of intermediate woodfern and crested woodfern. In the wild, it is much less common than its parents.

  • Family: woodfern (Dryopteridaceae)
  • Habitat: moist to wet woods and thickets
  • Height: 2-3 feet
  • Location of spores: underside of fronds
  • Petiole (leaf stalk): green and smooth above; turning scaly and straw-colored, then dark, towards the base
  • Growth pattern: asymmetric clump
  • Persistence: deciduous
  • Origin: native
Dryopteris x boottii (Tuckerman) Underwood (pro sp.)

Photographed in the New England Wild Flower Society's Garden-in-the-Woods.

Dryopteris x boottii (Tuckerman) Underwood (pro sp.)

Underside of a frond, showing the sori (spore-bearing dots).