Flora of Northern Ireland
  • Dryopteris carthusiana (Villars) H.P.Fuchs - Narrow Buckler-fern
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Dryopteris carthusiana
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Dryopteris carthusiana
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Dryopteris carthusiana
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Dryopteris carthusiana
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This is a species which is very similar in many ways to the Broad Buckler-Fern (D. dilatata) but seems to be rather rarer. It has a narrower leaf profile than the Broad Buckler-Fern, and the leaves grow from a creeping rhizome so that they are not produced in shuttlecock-like clusters. Its typical habitat is wet woodland and fen carr on cut-out bogs. It hybridizes with the Broad Buckler-Fern to give a sterile hybrid: Dryopteris x deweveri.

All names: Dryopteris carthusiana (Villars) H.P.Fuchs; Dryopteris lanceolata-cristata (Hoffm.) Alston; Dryopteris spinulosa Kuntze; Dryopteris lanceolatocristata (Hoffm.) Alston; Lastrea spinulosa (L.) C.Presl; Aspidium spinulosum Sw.; Nephrodium spinulosum Strempel