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

Introduction to Vascular Plants


© Steve Ansell     (Photo ID #81169)


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Distribution of Woodwardia fimbriata
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Species Information

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.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


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Habitat and 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.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Synonyms and Alternate Names:
Woodwardia chamissoi Brack.