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Mountain Woodfern
Dryopteris campyloptera (Dryopteris spinulosa var. americana)

Mountain woodfern is endangered in Connecticut. These photos were taken in New Hampshire and Canada, where the fern is more common.

• Family: Dryopteridaceae
• Habitat: cool, moist woods, usually in acidic soil
• Height: fronds 2-3 feet long
• Location of spores: underside of fronds
• Stipe (leaf stalk): green, with light-brown scales at the base
• Growth pattern: asymmetric clump
• Persistence: deciduous

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Underside of a frond, showing the small, round sori (spore-bearing dots) near the tips of veins.



Last updated November 25, 2005. © 2005 Connecticut Botanical Society. All rights reserved.