Pteridophyta or Ferns

Adder's tongue
Beech fern
In the British Isles the Phylum Pteridophyta is represented by about 64 native species which are taxonomically classified into two Classes, five Orders, fourteen Families and twenty-four Genera.

This site aims to clarify and explain these relationships and provide information about the native species found in the British Isles. There is a Ferns search facility which aims to ease identification of specimens and you can Browse a list of species.

The Ferns Taxonomy page attempts to explain taxonomic relationships and there is a searcheable Glossary.

If you click on any of the images of ferns on this page you will see a slideshow of images and there are some more images in the Image Gallery

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Hard shield-fern
Lady fern

Some random samples

Phegopteris connectilis

Common name

Beech fern

Phegopteris connectilis Beech fern
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Latin names
ClassPteridopsida
OrderPolypodiales
FamilyThelypteridaceae
GenusPhegopteris
Speciesconnectilis
Alternative Genus nameThelypteris
Alternative Species namephegopteris
Geographic details
Habitatmoist shady
DistributionLocally frequent W Britain
NativeYes

Woodsia alpina

Common name

Alpine Woodsia

Woodsia alpina Alpine Woodsia
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Latin names
ClassPteridopsida
OrderPolypodiales
FamilyAthyriaceae
GenusWoodsia
Speciesalpina
Alternative Family nameWoodsiaceae
Geographic details
Habitatarctic alpine cliffs
Soil typeacidic
Distributionmountains N British Isles
NativeYes

Dryopteris dilatata

Common name

Broad Buckler Fern

Dryopteris dilatata Broad Buckler Fern
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Latin names
ClassPteridopsida
OrderPolypodiales
FamilyAspidiaceae
GenusDryopteris
Speciesdilatata
Alternative Family nameDryopteridaceae
Geographic details
Habitatmoist shady crevices, woods
Soil typetolerant
DistributionThroughout British Isles
NativeYes