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Dryopteris arguta ~ Coastal Wood Fern

Dryopteris arguta grows in woodland zones throughout the state. The Coastal Wood Fern grows to 2-3 feet. Dryopteris arguta can be found on shady North facing slopes and in the shade of trees generally in the Summer dry zone well above any flowing water. Dryopteris arguta spreads by underground runners. Sporangia are the structures that hold the spores for ferns. They collect a raindrop and the spores germinate withing that drop of water. The Coastal Wood Fern has finely divided leaflets, the fronds arranged in a rosette.

Dryopteris arguta, Coastal Wood Fern

Finely divided leaves of Dryopteris arguta - Coastal Wood Fern. High resolution photos are part of our garden image collection.

Dryopteris arguta, Sporangia

Sporangia on the back side of the leaves of Dryopteris arguta - Coastal Wood Fern. High resolution photos are part of our garden image collection.

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Adiantum aleuticum
Adiantum capillus veneris
Adiantum jordanii
Adiantum pedatum
Myriopteris covillei
Pellaea andromedifolia
Pentagramma triangularis
Polypodium californicum
Polypodium scouleri
Polystichum munitum
Pteridium aquilinum
Woodwardia fimbriata