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Connecticut Plants
Goldie's Fern
Dryopteris goldiana (Hook. ex Goldie) Gray

Goldie's Fern is rare in Connecticut; it is listed as a species of special concern.

  • Family: woodfern (Dryopteridaceae)
  • Habitat: moist, rich soil in cool woods
  • Height: 3-5 feet
  • Location of spores: underside of fronds, close to the midvein (see second and third images below)
  • Petiole (leaf stalk): thick, straw-colored, and scaly, especially at the base
  • Growth pattern: asymmetric clump
  • Persistence: deciduous
  • Origin: native
Dryopteris goldiana (Hook. ex Goldie) Gray

Photographed at the New England Wild Flower Society's Garden-in-the-Woods.

Dryopteris goldiana (Hook. ex Goldie) Gray
Dryopteris goldiana (Hook. ex Goldie) Gray

A stand of Goldie's ferns in Virginia. Photographed in late June in Shenandoah National Park.

Dryopteris goldiana (Hook. ex Goldie) Gray

Underside of a frond, showing the sori (spore-bearing dots).

Dryopteris goldiana (Hook. ex Goldie) Gray

Immature sori, present in late spring, are pale.