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Spinulose Woodfern

Dryopteris spinulosa

Woodferns: There are seven species in this area and these ferns grow in circular patterns, have scales on their stalks, and are evergreen; it is often hard to tell them apart because they look so much alike.

Habitat: Shaded woods and moist areas along the banks of streams.

Features: Lacy leaflets that give the fern a delicate look; evergreen; grows in a circular pattern from the ground; medium and fragile fern; pinnules are slightly pointy; usually used by florists

Height: 1.5-3 ft. (45-90 cm.)

Axis: Light green

Stalk: Contains many scales; light brown

Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary, Natick, MA October 2002