Dryopteris carthusiana

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Dryopteris carthusiana
Dryopteris carthusiana1.jpg
Growing in Pennsylvania

Secure (NatureServe)
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Class: Polypodiopsida
Order: Polypodiales
Family: Dryopteridaceae
Genus: Dryopteris
D. carthusiana
Binomial name
Dryopteris carthusiana
  • D. spinulosa (O.F. Muell.) O. Kuntze
  • D. austriaca var. spinulosa (O.F. Müll.) Fiori
  • Polypodium carthusianum Vill.
  • Polypodium spinulosum O.F. Müll.

Dryopteris carthusiana is a species of fern native to damp forests throughout the Holarctic Kingdom. It is known as the narrow buckler-fern in the United Kingdom,[1] and as the spinulose woodfern in North America.[2]

It is a tetraploid of hybrid origin, one parent being Dryopteris intermedia, known in North America as the intermediate wood fern, and an unknown, apparently extinct species dubbed Dryopteris semicristata, which is also the presumed parent of the hybrid-origin Dryopteris cristata.

Showing sori and leaflet shape

This fern is often confused with several other wood fern species, including D. intermedia, D. campyloptera, and D. expansa. It especially extensively shares the range of D. intermedia, but the two may be distinguished by the innermost pinnule on the bottom side of the bottom pinna: this pinnule is longer than the adjacent pinnules in D. carthusiana, but shorter or even in D. intermedia. D. carthusiana is a sub-evergreen species, its fronds surviving mild winters but dying back in harsh winters.

A nature print of Dryopteris carthusiana


  1. ^ "BSBI List 2007". Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland. Archived from the original (xls) on 2015-01-25. Retrieved 2014-10-17.
  2. ^ USDA PLANTS Profile

Further reading[edit]

  • Rünk, Kai; Zobel, Martin; Zobel, Kristjan (2012). "Biological Flora of the British Isles: Dryopteris carthusiana, D. dilatata and D. expansa". Journal of Ecology. 100: 1039–1063. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2745.2012.01985.x.