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FamilyScientific Name Common NameHabitatDistributionImage
DryopteridaceaeDryopteris australisSouthern Woodfern, Southern ShieldfernSwamps, bottomlands, mesic forests.MD south to n. GA, s. AL, MS, w. LA and AR.image of plant
DryopteridaceaeDryopteris campylopteraMountain WoodfernSpruce-fir forests, northern hardwood forests.NL (Newfoundland) and n. QC south to extreme n. PA, and from extreme s. PA south through e. WV and w. VA to e. TN and w. NCimage of plant
DryopteridaceaeDryopteris carthusianaSpinulose Woodfern, Toothed WoodfernAcidic, organic-rich bogs, swamps, less frequently in moist rocky ravines, rich forests, and sloping rock outcrops.Irregularly circumboreal, in North America ranging from n. QC west to YT, south to NC, SC, ne. GA, TN, AR, NE, w. MT, and WA.image of plant
DryopteridaceaeDryopteris celsaLog FernSwamps, seepage bogs, and calcareous floodplains, typically associated with calcareous substrates.Ne. NJ and ne. NY west to s. IL, e. MO, and AR, south to SC, GA, n. AL, TN, e. and n. LA, and e. TX (Mink, Singhurst, & Holmes 2011a); disjunct in w. NY and w. MI; overall very scattered in its distribution. Discovered in MS by John Kees (Kees & Weakley 2018).image of plant
DryopteridaceaeDryopteris clintonianaClinton's Woodfern, Broad Swamp FernAcid seepages, swampy forests, red maple swamps.NB, QC, and ON, south to DE, DC, MD (Somerset Co.), n. VA (Arlington and Fairfax counties), PA, OH, IN, and IL. Reports from GA are based on the misapplication of the name to Dryopteris goldieana by McVaugh & Pyron (1951).image of plant
DryopteridaceaeDryopteris cristataCrested WoodfernBogs, swamp forests.Circumboreal, in North America from NL (Newfoundland) to s. SK and se. BC, south to NC, TN, OH, IN, n. IL, IA, NE, and ID; disjunct in c. GA.image of plant
DryopteridaceaeDryopteris erythrosoraAutumn Fern, Japanese Red ShieldfernSuburban woodlands, especially in ravines and along creeks.Native of Japan, Korea, and China. Also recently reported as naturalizing in AR (Simpson, Crank, Witsell, & Peck 2008; Peck 2011), nc. NC (Rothfels, Sigel, & Windham 2012), and c. GA (Zomlefer et al. 2018; Umstead & Diggs 2018). This species seems to be well on its way to being an aggressive invasive, likely to be widespread in our area; see discussion in Wyatt (2020).image of plant
DryopteridaceaeDryopteris filix-mas ssp. brittoniiBritton's Male FernLimestone talus.NL west to ON, south to w. PA, c. OH, n. MI, and n. WI.image of plant
DryopteridaceaeDryopteris filix-mas ssp. filix-masEuropean Male FernScoured streambanks in suburban areas.Native of n. Europe. Reported (as D. filix-mas) as naturalizing in suburban VA (Arlington County and City of Alexandria) (Simmons et al. (2020).image of plant
DryopteridaceaeDryopteris goldieanaGoldie's Woodfern, Giant WoodfernBoulderfield forests, rich cove forests, seepage swamps, especially over calcareous sedimentary or mafic metamorphic or igneous rocks.NB west to s. ON and MN, south to nw. SC, n. GA, TN, KY, AR (Peck 2011), IL, and IA. Previous reports from AL are misidentifications (W. Barger, pers.comm., 2023).image of plant
DryopteridaceaeDryopteris hangchowensisShaggy WoodfernMoist forest.Native of Japan and e. China. Discovered naturalized in AL by W. Barger (pers.comm., 2020).
DryopteridaceaeDryopteris intermediaFancy Fern, Evergreen WoodfernCove forests, other moist, rocky forests, over a variety of substrates.NL (Newfoundland) west to MN, south to n. GA and s. MO.image of plant
DryopteridaceaeDryopteris ludovicianaSouthern WoodfernBlackwater swamp forests, hammocks, baygalls.A Southeastern Coastal Plain species: e. NC south to s. FL, west to s. AL, s. MS (Sorrie & Leonard 1999), and e. LA; disjunct in the West Gulf Coastal Plain of LA and AR (Peck 2011), and possibly disjunct in sc. KY, the report old and somewhat uncertain.image of plant
DryopteridaceaeDryopteris marginalisMarginal WoodfernRock outcrops, boulderfield forests, other rocky forests.NL (Newfoundland) west to s. ON and MI, south to SC, c. GA, AL, TN, AR, e. OK, and n. TX.image of plant

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