Athyrium filix-femina (L.) Roth
lady fern
Dryopteridaceae (Wood Fern family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants

Photograph

© Kevin Newell     (Photo ID #2737)


Map

E-Flora BC Static Map

Distribution of Athyrium filix-femina
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SUBTAXA PRESENT IN BC

Athyrium filix-femina ssp. cyclosorum

Species Information

General:
Deciduous perennial arising from a short, stout rhizome.
Leaves:
Numerous, in vase-like tufts, 30-180 cm long, 10-70 cm wide, broadly lanceolate, broadest in the middle and gradually narrowed both to the base and to the top, 2-pinnate with pinnae divided into numerous ultimate segments.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Ecology

Ecological Framework for Athyrium filix-femina

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

Avg

Min

Max

Elevation (metres)
771 0 2750
Slope Gradient (%)
17 0 350

Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]

335 0 360
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
5 0 8
Modal Nutrient Regime
Class
D
# of field plots
 species was recorded in:
6824
Modal BEC Zone Class
CWH

All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in

BG(1), BWBS(12), CDF(92), CMA(3), CWH(2273), ESSF(1080), ICH(1841), IDF(106), MH(159), MS(139), PP(4), SBPS(14), SBS(838)

Habitat and Range

Mesic to wet alluvial forests, glades, streambanks, gullies, slidetracks, meadows, swamps and rock outcrops from the lowland and steppe to alpine zones; common throughout BC; amphiberingian, N to AK, YT and NT, E to NF and S to SD, NM, AZ and CA; E Asia.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia