E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Flora of British Columbia

Thelypteris quelpaertensis (Christ) Ching
mountain fern (queen's-veil maiden fern)
Thelypteridaceae (Marsh Fern family)

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Species Information

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Deciduous perennial arising in tufts from a short stout rhizome.
Elliptic, 30-80 cm long, 5-20 cm wide, pinnate to pinnately deeply cleft; segments entire.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Wet cliffs and rocky slopes in the lowland to subalpine zones; infrequent in coastal BC; amphiberingian, N to AK and S to WA, disjunct in NF; E Asia.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Ecological Framework for Thelypteris quelpaertensis

The table below shows the species-specific information calculated from
original data (BEC database) provided by the BC Ministry of Forests and Range.
(Updated August, 2013)

Site Information
Value / Class




Elevation (metres) 20 601 1133
Slope Gradient (%) 0 25 65
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
38 47 342
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
3 5 7
Modal Nutrient Regime
Number of field plots
 species was recorded in:
Modal BEC Zone Class
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in: CWH(3), ICH(5), MH(4)


The climate type for this species, as reported in the: "British Columbia plant species codes and selected attributes. Version 6 Database" (Meidinger et al. 2008), is not evaluated, unknown or variable.

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Dryopteris oreopteris auct. non (Ehrh.) Maxon
Lastrea limbosperma (All.) Heywood
Oreopteris limbosperma auct. non (All.) Holub
Oreopteris quelpaertensis (Christ) Holub
Polypodium limbospermum auct. non All.
Thelypteris limbosperma auct. non (All.) Fuchs

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