- Family: cliff fern (Woodsiaceae)
- Habitat: shaded or partly shaded cliffs and rocky slopes, especially in limy or neutral soil
- Height: 8-16 inches
- Location of spores: underside of fronds
- Petiole (leaf stalk): yellowish with sparse hairs when young, brittle
- Growth pattern: asymmetric clump
- Persistence: deciduous
- Origin: native
A frond of blunt-lobed woodsia. Note the blunt tips of the leaflets and the wide spacing between lower leaflets.
Underside of a frond, showing the sori (spore-bearing structures).
Close-up of the sori. They are initially covered by a disk of thin tissue, which tears open, leaving the papery remnants visible here.