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Intermediate Woodfern (Evergreen Woodfern, Fancy Fern)
Dryopteris intermedia (Dryopteris spinulosa var. intermedia)

• Family: Dryopteridaceae
• Habitat: moist, rich woods, especially in limestone areas
• Height: fronds 2-3 feet long
• Location of spores: undersides of fronds (see third image below)
• Stipe (leaf stalk): green with tan scales
• Growth pattern: symmetric clump
• Persistence: evergreen

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Dryopteris intermedia



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


Intermediate woodfern remains green all winter.


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