Dryopteris dilatata

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Dryopteris dilatata
Dryopteris dilatata im weissen moor2.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Class: Polypodiopsida
Order: Polypodiales
Family: Dryopteridaceae
Genus: Dryopteris
D. dilatata
Binomial name
Dryopteris dilatata

Dryopteris dilatata, the broad buckler-fern,[1] is a robust species of deciduous or semievergreen fern in the family Dryopteridaceae, native to Europe, particularly western and central Europe. In southern Europe, it is mostly found in mountainous regions. It is also found between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea.[2] It grows to 90 cm (35 in) tall by 120 cm (47 in) wide, with dark green tripinnate fronds, the ribs covered in brown scales.[3][4]

The Latin specific epithet dilatata means "spread out".[5]

The species[6] and the cultivars 'Crispa Whiteside'[7] and 'Lepidota Cristata'[8] have gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.[9]


  1. ^ "BSBI List 2007". Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland. Archived from the original (xls) on 2015-01-25. Retrieved 2014-10-17.
  2. ^ Rünk, Kai; Zobel, Martin & Zobel, Kristjan (2012), "Biological Flora of the British Isles: Dryopteris carthusiana, D. dilatata and D. expansa", Journal of Ecology, 100 (4): 1039–1063, doi:10.1111/j.1365-2745.2012.01985.x
  3. ^ RHS A-Z encyclopedia of garden plants. United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. 2008. p. 1136. ISBN 1405332964.
  4. ^ "Dryopteris dilatata". NatureSpot. Retrieved 13 July 2013.
  5. ^ Harrison, Lorraine (2012). RHS Latin for Gardeners. United Kingdom: Mitchell Beazley. ISBN 184533731X.
  6. ^ "RHS Plant Selector - Dryopteris dilatata". Retrieved 13 July 2013.
  7. ^ "RHS Plant Selector - Dryopteris dilatata 'Crispa Whiteside'". Retrieved 13 July 2013.
  8. ^ "RHS Plantfinder - Dryopteris dilatata 'Lepidota Cristata'". Retrieved 12 February 2018.
  9. ^ "AGM Plants - Ornamental" (PDF). Royal Horticultural Society. July 2017. p. 34. Retrieved 6 February 2018.

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.

External links[edit]

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