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

Dryopteris fragrans (L.) Schott
fragrant wood fern (fragrant woodfern)
Dryopteridaceae (Wood Fern family)

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Distribution of Dryopteris fragrans
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Species Information

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Evergreen perennial in dense clusters arising from a short rhizome.
Oblong-lanceolate, 5-35 cm long, 3-7 cm wide, 2-pinnate, the pinnae with dense scales on the upper surface, glandular and aromatic.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Dry rocks and talus in the lowland to subalpine zones; infrequent in N BC; circumpolar, N to AK, YT and NT, E to NF and S to MA, NY, MI, WI and MN; N Asia, N Scandinavia.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Ecological Framework for Dryopteris fragrans

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)

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Value / Class




Elevation (metres) 1055 1339 1644
Slope Gradient (%) 9 27 67
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
50 197 280
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
1 3 6
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: BAFA(1), IDF(1), MS(2), SWB(1)


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.

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