The Fern Lover's Companion eBook

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On moist, mossy, mostly calcareous rocks, northern New England, Mount Mansfield, Willoughby, and Bakersfield Ledge, Vt., Gorham, N.H., also Newfoundland, New York, and far to the northwest.  Not very common.  It differs from the alpine species by the absence of scales above the joint.  As the name implies, the plant is smooth, except for the chaffy scales at or near the rootstock, which mark all the Woodsias, and many other ferns, and which serve as a protective covering against sudden changes in extremes of heat and cold.

(5) OREGON WOODSIA. Woodsia oregana

Fronds two to ten inches high, smooth, bright green, glandular beneath, narrowly lance-oblong, bipinnatifid.  Pinnse triangular-oblong, obtuse, pinnatifid.  Segments ovate or oblong, obtuse, crenate, the teeth or margin nearly always reflexed.  Indusium minute, concealed beneath the sorus, divided into a few beaded hairs.

Like the obtuse Woodsia this fern has no joint near the base of the stipe, but is much smaller and has several points of difference.  Limestone cliffs, Gaspe Peninsula, southern shore of Lake Superior, Colorado, Oregon to the northwest.  Its eastern limit is northern Michigan.

(6) ROCKY MOUNTAIN WOODSIA. Woodsia scopulina

Fronds six to fifteen inches long [smooth], lanceolate, pinnatifid.  Pinnae triangular-ovate, the lowest pair shortened.  Under surface of the whole frond hispidulous with minute, white hairs and stalked glands.  Indusium hidden beneath the sporangia, consisting mostly of a few hair-like divisions.

In crevices of rocks, mountains of West Virginia, Gaspe Peninsula, Rocky Mountains, and westward to Oregon and California.

(7) CATHCART’S WOODSIA. Woodsia Cathcartiana

Fronds eight to twelve inches high, lanceolate, bipinnatifid, finely glandular-puberulent.  Pinnse oblong; the lower distant segments oblong, denticulate, separated by wide sinuses.

Rocky river banks, west Michigan to northeast Minnesota.


Fruit-dots small, globular, marginal, each on the apex of a vein or fork.  Sporangia borne on an elevated, globular receptacle in a membranous, cup-shaped indusium which is open at the top.

(Named in honor of August Wilhelm Dennstaed.)



Dicksonia punctilobula.  Dicksonia pilosiuscula

[Footnote A:  We again remind our readers that the Latin names in small capitals represent the newer nomenclature.]

Fronds one to three feet high, minutely glandular and hairy, ovate-lanceolate, pale green, very thin and mostly bipinnate.  Primary pinnae in outline like the frond; the secondary, pinnatifid into oblong and obtuse, cut-toothed lobes.  Fruit-dots minute, each on a recurved toothlet, usually one at the upper margin of each lobe.  Indusium fixed under the sporangia, appearing like a tiny green cup filled with spore cases.

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