Woodwardia radicans

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Woodwardia radicans
Woodwardia radicans La Palma 2.jpg
W. radicans, La Palma
Woodwardia radicans sori.jpg
Close-up of sori
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Pteridophyta
Class: Polypodiopsida/Pteridopsida
Order: Polypodiales
Family: Blechnaceae
Genus: Woodwardia
Species: W. radicans
Binomial name
Woodwardia radicans
(L.) Sm.[1]

Woodwardia radicans (common names chain fern,[2] European chain fern and rooting chainfern) is a species of fern in the family Blechnaceae, native to the Atlantic islands and southwestern Europe. Growing to 1.8 m (6 ft) tall by 2 m (7 ft) broad, it is evergreen with arching fronds. The pinnae have curved, finely-toothed segments. The plant derives its common name from the linked sori on the undersides of the fronds.[3][4]

The specific epithet radicans means "with stems that take root", referring to rooting plantlets appearing at the tips of the fronds.[5]

This plant has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.[6]


  1. ^ "International Plant Names Index (IPNI) - Woodwardia radicans". Retrieved 15 May 2013. 
  2. ^ "BSBI List 2007". Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland. Archived from the original (xls) on 2015-02-25. Retrieved 2014-10-17. 
  3. ^ RHS A-Z encyclopedia of garden plants. United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. 2008. p. 1136. ISBN 1405332964. 
  4. ^ "Plants for a future (PFAF) - Woodwardia radicans". Retrieved 15 May 2013. 
  5. ^ Harrison, Lorraine (2012). RHS Latin for gardeners. United Kingdom: Mitchell Beazley. p. 224. ISBN 9781845337315. 
  6. ^ "Woodwardia radicans". Royal Horticultural Society. Retrieved 23 July 2013. 
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