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
Photographed at the New England Wild Flower Society's Garden-in-the-Woods.
A stand of Goldie's ferns in Virginia. Photographed in late June in Shenandoah National Park.
Underside of a frond, showing the sori (spore-bearing dots).
Immature sori, present in late spring, are pale.