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

Anogramma leptophylla

Common name
Jersey fern
Anogramma leptophylla
Latin names
Class
Pteridopsida
Order
Polypodiales
Family
Adiantaceae
Genus
Anogramma
Species
leptophylla
Alternative Family name
Gymnogrammaceae
Geographic details
Habitat
open areas
Soil type
tolerant
Distribution
Jersey, Guernsey
Native
Yes

Dryopteris submontana

Common name
Rigid Buckler Fern
Dryopteris submontana
Latin names
Class
Pteridopsida
Order
Polypodiales
Family
Aspidiaceae
Genus
Dryopteris
Species
submontana
Alternative Family name
Dryopteridaceae
Geographic details
Habitat
Scree
Soil type
alkaline
Distribution
N. Wales, NW. England
Native
Yes

Pteris cretica

Common name
Cretan Brake
Pteris cretica
Latin names
Class
Pteridopsida
Order
Polypodiales
Family
Pteridaceae
Genus
Pteris
Species
cretica
Geographic details
Habitat
wet rocks and walls
Soil type
tolerant
Distribution
Scilly and Channel Isles
Native
No