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

Pteris vittata

Common name

Ladder Brake

Pteris vittata Ladder Brake
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Latin names
ClassPteridopsida
OrderPolypodiales
FamilyPteridaceae
GenusPteris
Speciesvittata
Geographic details
Habitatwet rocks and walls
Soil typetolerant
NativeNo

Dryopteris submontana

Common name

Rigid Buckler Fern

Dryopteris submontana Rigid Buckler Fern
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Latin names
ClassPteridopsida
OrderPolypodiales
FamilyAspidiaceae
GenusDryopteris
Speciessubmontana
Alternative Family nameDryopteridaceae
Geographic details
HabitatScree
Soil typealkaline
DistributionN. Wales, NW. England
NativeYes

Asplenium obovatum lanceolatum

Common name

Lanceolate spleenwort

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