Male Fern

Dryopteris filix-mas

Male Fern (Dryopteris filix-mas)

This is a large, clump-forming fern of which its fronds remain green throughout the winter months and is semi-evergreen. The fronds are of an upright, slender nature, and bipinnately (2-times) divided. The pinnules have rounded tips and have serrated margins. The stalks have brownish scales. Frond length up to 1.2m. Plant height 1.2m. Plant spread 1m.

Male Fern (Dryopteris filix-mas)

Spore ripening time August to November. Found in woodland, ditches, and on banks, favouring damp and shady areas. It is a common and widespread species throughout Britain.

Male Fern (Dryopteris filix-mas)

Male Fern (Dryopteris filix-mas)

Photographs of Male Fern (Dryopteris filix-mas), taken May and December 2012, local river, Staffordshire. © Pete Hillman 2012. Camera used Nikon Coolpix P500.

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