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, you can Browse a list of species and there is a searcheable Glossary of botanical terms.

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.

Hard shield-fern
Lady fern

Some random samples

Pteridium aquilinium latiusculum

Common name
Northern Bracken
Pteridium aquilinium latiusculum
Latin names
Class
Pteridopsida
Order
Polypodiales
Family
Dennstaedtiaceae
Genus
Pteridium
Species
aquilinium
Subspecies
latiusculum
Geographic details
Habitat
Pine forest
Soil type
acidic
Distribution
W Scotland
Native
Yes

Dryopteris remota

Common name
Scaly Buckler Fern
Dryopteris remota
Latin names
Class
Pteridopsida
Order
Polypodiales
Family
Aspidiaceae
Genus
Dryopteris
Species
remota
Alternative Family name
Dryopteridaceae
Geographic details
Habitat
damp lowland
Soil type
tolerant
Distribution
very rare, not known
Native
Yes

Dryopteris dilatata

Common name
Broad Buckler Fern
Dryopteris dilatata
Latin names
Class
Pteridopsida
Order
Polypodiales
Family
Aspidiaceae
Genus
Dryopteris
Species
dilatata
Alternative Family name
Dryopteridaceae
Geographic details
Habitat
moist shady crevices, woods
Soil type
tolerant
Distribution
Throughout British Isles
Native
Yes