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Boott's Woodfern
Dryopteris x boottii

Boott's fern is a sterile hybrid of intermediate woodfern and crested woodfern. In the wild, it is much less common than its parents. The photos below show a plant growing at the New England Wild Flower Society's Garden-in-the-Woods.

• Family: Dryopteridaceae
• Habitat: moist to wet woods and thickets
• Height: 2-3 feet
• Location of spores: underside of fronds
• Stipe (leaf stalk): green and smooth above; turning scaly and straw-colored, then dark, towards the base
• Growth pattern: asymmetric clump
• Persistence: deciduous

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Dryopteris x boottii



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


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