Woodwardia chain fern

Glossy green fronds emerge individually, scattered along the rhizome.  Stipes tend to be longer than the blade and veins are netted, especially near the midrib.  Sori are long and narrow and run along both sides of midveins, end to end so forming a chain.

Grow in acid swamps and other shaded, acid, wet places.

Range is from southern Maine to Florida, Texas, Arkansas up toward Michigan

Wetland Code: OBL

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Woodwardia chain fern

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Common Names
chain fern