Flora of Northern Ireland
  • Oreopteris limbosperma (Bellardi ex All.) Holub - Lemon-scented Fern - Thelypteridaceae
Oreopteris limbosperma
© Paul Hackney
Oreopteris limbosperma
© Graham Day
Oreopteris limbosperma
(Map updated: March 2008)

This is a rather rare plant of mountain districts, superficially similar to the male fern, but with spores produced around the edges of the leaves and smelling of lemons or oranges when crushed.

All names: Oreopteris limbosperma (Bellardi ex All.) Holub; Thelypteris oreopteris (Ehrh.) Slosson; Thelypteris limbosperma (Bellardi ex All.) H.P.Fuchs; Aspidium oreopteris (Ehrh.) Sw.; Nephrodium oreopteris (Ehrh.) Desv.; Lastrea oreopteris (Ehrh.) Bory; Lastrea montana Newm.; Dryopteris oreopteris (Ehrh.) Maxon