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Goldie's Fern
Dryopteris goldiana

Goldie's Fern is rare in Connecticut; it is listed as a species of special concern. The fern shown was photographed at the New England Wild Flower Society's Garden-in-the-Woods.

• Family: 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)
• Stipe (leaf stalk): thick, straw-colored, and scaly, especially at the base
• Growth pattern: asymmetric clump
• Persistence: deciduous

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Dryopteris goldiana



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


Immature sori are white in late spring.


Last updated November 25, 2005. © 2005 Connecticut Botanical Society. All rights reserved.