Pteridophyta or Ferns

Adder's tongue
Beech fern

In the British Isles the Phylum Pteridophyta is represented by about 64 native species which are taxonomically classified into two Classes, five Orders, fourteen Families and twenty-four Genera.

This site aims to clarify and explain these relationships and provide information about the native species found in the British Isles. There is a Ferns search facility which aims to ease identification of specimens, you can Browse a list of species and there is a searcheable Glossary of botanical terms.

If you click on any of the images of ferns on this page you will see a slideshow of images and there are some more images in the Image Gallery.

Hard shield-fern
Lady fern

Some random samples

Oreopteris limbosperma

Common name
Lemon-scented fern
Oreopteris limbosperma
Latin names
Class
Pteridopsida
Order
Polypodiales
Family
Thelypteridaceae
Genus
Oreopteris
Species
limbosperma
Alternative Genus name
Thelypteris
Geographic details
Habitat
open wood; damp peaty
Soil type
acidic
Distribution
Throughout British Isles
Native
Yes

Ophioglossum vulgatum

Common name
Adder's tongue
Ophioglossum vulgatum
Latin names
Class
Psilotopsida
Order
Ophioglossales
Family
Ophioglossaceae
Genus
Ophioglossum
Species
vulgatum
Geographic details
Habitat
Wide range
Soil type
alkaline
Distribution
Throughout British Isles
Native
Yes

Polystichum aculeatum

Common name
Hard shield-fern
Polystichum aculeatum
Latin names
Class
Pteridopsida
Order
Polypodiales
Family
Aspidiaceae
Genus
Polystichum
Species
aculeatum
Geographic details
Habitat
damp upland woods and scree
Soil type
alkaline
Distribution
Throughout British Isles
Native
Yes