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Illustration Woodsia alpina0.jpg
Woodsia alpina[1]
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Class: Polypodiopsida
Order: Polypodiales
Suborder: Aspleniineae
Family: Woodsiaceae
Genus: Woodsia
R.Br. 1810

Woodsia is a genus of ferns in the family Woodsiaceae, order Polypodiales,[2] and class Polypodiopsida.[3] The Woodsia are commonly known as cliff ferns.[4]


There are about 30 species of the genus Woodsia,[4] including:[5]


  1. ^ illustration from Prof. Dr. Otto Wilhelm Thomé Flora von Deutschland, Österreich und der Schweiz 1885, Gera, Germany
  2. ^ Maarten J. M. Christenhusz; Xian-Chun Zhang & Harald Schneider (2011). "A linear sequence of extant families and genera of lycophytes and ferns" (PDF). Phytotaxa. 19: 7–54.
  3. ^ Alan R. Smith; Kathleen M. Pryer; Eric Schuettpelz; Petra Korall; Harald Schneider & Paul G. Wolf (2006). "A classification for extant ferns" (PDF). Taxon. 55 (3): 705–731. doi:10.2307/25065646.
  4. ^ a b Broughton Cobb; Elizabeth Farnsworth; Cheryl Lowe (2005). A Field Guide to Ferns and their Related Families: Northeastern and Central North America. The Peterson Field Guide Series (2nd ed.). New York: Houghton Mifflin Company.
  5. ^ "Woodsia". Integrated Taxonomic Information System.