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

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Hard shield-fern
Lady fern

Some random samples

Asplenium obovatum lanceolatum

Common nameLanceolate spleenwort
Asplenium obovatum lanceolatum
Latin names
ClassPteridopsida
OrderPolypodiales
FamilyAspleniaceae
GenusAsplenium
Speciesobovatum
Subspecieslanceolatum
Geographic details
HabitatMaritime
Soil typeacidic
DistributionSW Britain; Channel Isles
NativeYes

Asplenium obovatum lanceolatum

Common nameLanceolate spleenwort
Asplenium obovatum lanceolatum
Latin names
ClassPteridopsida
OrderPolypodiales
FamilyAspleniaceae
GenusAsplenium
Speciesobovatum
Subspecieslanceolatum
Geographic details
HabitatMaritime
Soil typeacidic
DistributionSW Britain; Channel Isles
NativeYes

Cryptogramma crispa

Common nameParsley fern
Cryptogramma crispa
Latin names
ClassPteridopsida
OrderPolypodiales
FamilyAdiantaceae
GenusCryptogramma
Speciescrispa
Geographic details
Habitatrocks and walls
Soil typeacidic
DistributionLake district, Wales, Scotland
NativeYes