- Family: woodfern (Dryopteridaceae)
- Habitat: moist to wet woods and thickets
- Height: 2-3 feet
- Location of spores: underside of fronds
- Petiole (leaf stalk): green and smooth above; turning scaly and straw-colored, then dark, towards the base
- Growth pattern: asymmetric clump
- Persistence: deciduous
- Origin: native
Photographed in the New England Wild Flower Society's Garden-in-the-Woods.
Underside of a frond, showing the sori (spore-bearing dots).