- Family: woodfern (Dryopteridaceae)
- Habitat: rich woodlands, especially on rocky slopes or outcroppings
- Height: fronds 1-2 feet long
- Location of spores: spores on undersides of leaflets along edges
- Petiole (leaf stalk): stout, ungrooved, brown-green above, darker near base, covered with dense, light-brown scales near base, more sparse above
- Growth pattern: asymmetric clump
- Persistence: evergreen
- Origin: native
Marginal woodfern in spring. The newly-emerged leaves are light green, but they turn dark green by summer.
Fiddleheads emerging in the spring.
Sori (spore-bearing dots) on the underside of a frond. The name "marginal woodfern" comes from the fact the sori are at the margin of the leaf.
Top part of a marginal woodfern frond.