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Oak Fern
Gymnocarpium dryopteris

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

• Family: Dryopteridaceae
• Habitat: cool, moist woods in rocky, slightly acidic soil
• Height: 5-8 inches
• Location of spores: undersides of fronds
• Stipe (leaf stalk): green to brown; nearly black at the base; slender and delicate with few scales
• Growth pattern: random
• Persistence: deciduous

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