Dryopteris affinis (Lowe) Fraser-Jenk.

Scaly Male Fern

Rhizome thick, spreading or erect. Fronds divided twice or primary segments deeply lobed; scales brown. Blade broadly lanceolate in outline with a long-pointed tip, yellow-green, with a dark area at the junction of the branches with the midrib. Can grow in cool areas.

Recognition: Stalk and main axis with a dense covering of scales but blade with few; cf. D. wallichiana which is similar but has much darker scales.

'Cristata the King' Frond with fine segments, the tip of the fronds and each of the main branches crested. Origin unknown.

Atlantic Is to Himalaya.

Created by: Val Stajsic

Updated by: Val Stajsic, May 2018

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kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Polypodiopsida
order     Polypodiales
family      Dryopteridaceae
genus       Dryopteris