Beech Fern
Thelypteris phegopteris
Family Polypodiaceae

* Fronds small, pale green, thinly textured, with a narrow triangular shape that tapers rapidly toward the tip. Frond blade tilts backward; the lowest pair drops down and out.
* Spores are located in the lower frond pairs.
* Height: 8-20".

Natural History:
* Habitat: Cliffs, ravines, wet ground near forests and running water.
* Range: Northeastern United States.
* Native.

* Beech Fern is also called Narrow Beech Fern and Northern Beech Fern.

* Beech Fern is sterile, meaning its spores are not viable. The roots of its Latin name mean 'female fern.' thelus - female, pteris - fern.



Created by: Allaire Diamond and Jiasuey Hsu
Maintained by: Nick Rodenhouse
Created: July 31, 1998
Last Modified: November 21, 2008