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Connecticut Plants
Long Beech Fern
Phegopteris connectilis (Michx.) Watt
  • Synonyms: Thelypteris phegopteris
  • Family: marsh fern (Thelypteridaceae)
  • Habitat: rich, moist woodlands
  • Height: fronds 6-10 inches long
  • Location of spores: underside of leaflets
  • Petiole (leaf stalk): ungrooved; light brown scales along entire stem
  • Growth pattern: random
  • Persistence: deciduous
  • Origin: native
Phegopteris connectilis (Michx.) Watt
Phegopteris connectilis (Michx.) Watt

The fronds of beech ferns are shaped like arrowheads, with the lowest pair of leaflets pointing out at a diagonal.

Phegopteris connectilis (Michx.) Watt
Phegopteris connectilis (Michx.) Watt

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