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

Woodwardia fimbriata Sm.
giant chain fern (giant chainfern)
Blechnaceae (Chain Fern family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants

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Species Information

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Evergreen perennial from a short, robust rhizome.
Numerous, upright or slightly bent back, broadly lanceolate, 40-170 cm long, 30-70 cm wide, 1-pinnate, segments deeply cut into pointed teeth with margins having many tiny spines.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Wet forests and seepy, coastal cliffs in the lowland zone; infrequent in SW BC (SE Vancouver Island, Lasqueti and Texada Islands); S to CA, disjunct to AZ and NV.

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

Woodwardia chamissoi Brack.

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