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Leatherwood Fern

Dryopteris marginalis

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Leatherwood Fern - Dryopteris marginalis

Leatherwood Fern
Leatherwood Fern - Dryopteris marginalis


The Leatherwood fern or Marginal shield fern is an evergreen fern which typically forms a non-spreading, vase-shaped clump to 1.5-2' (infrequently to 3') tall. This is a woodland fern which is most often found in shaded crevices of rocky ledges and bluffs. Features grayish-green, deeply cut, leathery fronds (15-20" long). Sori are located at the edges or margins of the pinnule undersides, hence the common name. Rhizome forms an erect crown. Evergreen fronds provide good interest to the winter landscape.