Woodsia scopulina subsp. laurentiana
Laurentian woodsia
Dryopteridaceae (Wood Fern family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants


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Distribution of Woodsia scopulina subsp. laurentiana
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Species Information

Deciduous perennial in large clusters arising from a short rhizome.
Broadly lanceolate, 8-35 cm long, 2-7 cm wide with non-jointed stipes and 2-pinnate blades; rachis and segments with multicellular glandular and non-glandular hairs.
Two subspecies are reported from BC by Windham (1993b) but the differences are minor and few botanists would be able to separate the ssp. scopulina from ssp. laurentiana in the field.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat and Range

Dry to mesic rocky crevices and scree slopes, from the lowland and steppe to subalpine zones; frequent in W BC and in SC BC, mostly south of 55degreeN; N to AK and YT, E to PQ and S to SD, WY, CO, NM, AZ and CA, disjunct in VA, TN and AR.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia