West Highland Flora

Lady Fern


Athyrium filix-femina

 

Athyrium filix-femina

Photo Carl Farmer
27 Aug 2002 Portree, Skye

Common in woods and on rocks and banks, often found as a weed in corners of gardens.

Fronds c 20-100 cm long

ID: About the same size as Male Fern and the Buckler Ferns, but has sori elongated (curved or straight), not circular or kidney-shaped.  Longest pinnae are near the middle, basal ones much shorter.

Other features: Pinnules more deeply toothed than those of Male Fern.  Fronds usually held rather horizontally and drooping at ends.

 

  Athyrium filix-femina

Photo Carl Farmer
27 Aug 2002 Portree, Skye

 
     
     
  Athyrium filix-femina

Photo Carl Farmer
27 Aug 2002 Portree, Skye
 

 
  Brown sori with whitish indusium  
     

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