Phegopteris connectilis (Michx.) Watt
narrow beech fern (long beechfern)
Thelypteridaceae (Marsh Fern family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants


© Adolf Ceska     (Photo ID #11639)


E-Flora BC Static Map

Distribution of Phegopteris connectilis
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Species Information

Perennial with overwintering fronds arising singly from elongated rhizomes.
On stipes as long as blades or longer, blades elongate-triangular, 10-25 cm long and 3-15 cm wide, pinnate; pinnae pinnatifid, the lowermost at an abruptly pointed angle to the stipe and bent outwards; segments hairy underneath.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


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Ecological Framework for Phegopteris connectilis

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)
332 5 2050
Slope Gradient (%)
30 0 105

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

334 0 360
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
4 2 8
Modal Nutrient Regime
# of field plots
 species was recorded in:
Modal BEC Zone Class

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

CWH(284), ESSF(2), ICH(106), IDF(1), MH(2), SBS(31)

Habitat and Range

Moist to wet forests, streambanks, shaded seepy rock cliffs and swamps from the lowland to subalpine zones; infrequent throughout BC; circumpolar, N to AK, YT and NT, E to NF and S to NH, NC, TN, IA, MN and OR; Eurasia.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Synonyms and Alternate Names:
Dryopteris phegopteris (L.) C. Chr.
Lastrea phegopteris (L.) Bory
Phegopteris polypodioides Fée
Thelypteris phegopteris (L.) Slosson