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

Woodsia oregana D.C. Eaton subsp. oregana
western cliff fern (Oregon cliff fern)
Dryopteridaceae (Wood Fern family)

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Species Information

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Deciduous perennial arising in clusters from a short rhizome.
Broadly lanceolate, 4-20 cm long, 1-4 cm wide, 2-pinnate with non-jointed stipe and rachis with glands and without multicellular hairs; ultimate segments shallowly lobed.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Dry to mesic rocks and talus slopes, in the steppe and montane zones; infrequent in BC east of Coast-Cascade Mountains, mostly south of 55degreeN; N to NT, E to MB and S to WY, UT, NV and CA.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


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

Woodsia oregana var. oregana

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