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Dryopteridaceae: Wood Fern Family Plants

Dryopteridaceae
Plants of the Wood Fern Family

      The Wood Fern family was segregated from the Maidenhair Fern family and has become widely accepted as its own family, but not yet well defined. Various genera are sometimes segregated into several smaller families. As yet, the family remains too varied to offer any obvious patterns for convenient field identification.

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Polystichum munitum. Western Swordfern.

Polystichum munitum. Western Swordfern.

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Cystopteris fragilis. Fragile Fern.

Cystopteris fragilis. Common Fragile Fern.

Cystopteris fragilis. Fragile Fern.

Cystopteris fragilis. Common Fragile Fern. Cystopteris is sometimes segregated from the Wood Fern family into its own family, Cystopteridaceae.

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