Connecticut Plants
Oak Fern
Gymnocarpium dryopteris (L.) Newman

Oak fern is easily identified by its delicate, triangular fronds, which are usually held nearly horizontal.

  • Family: cliff fern (Woodsiaceae)
  • Habitat: cool, moist woods in rocky, slightly acidic soil
  • Height: 5-8 inches
  • Location of spores: undersides of fronds
  • Petiole (leaf stalk): green to brown; nearly black at the base; slender and delicate with few scales
  • Growth pattern: random
  • Persistence: deciduous
  • Origin: native
Gymnocarpium dryopteris (L.) Newman
Gymnocarpium dryopteris (L.) Newman
Gymnocarpium dryopteris (L.) Newman