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

Asplenium onopteris

Common name
Acute-leaved Spleenwort
Asplenium onopteris
Latin names
Class
Pteridopsida
Order
Polypodiales
Family
Aspleniaceae
Genus
Asplenium
Species
onopteris
Geographic details
Habitat
lowland;light shade; scrub
Soil type
neutral
Distribution
SW Ireland
Native
No

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

Osmunda regalis

Common name
Royal fern
Osmunda regalis
Latin names
Class
Pteridopsida
Order
Osmundales
Family
Osmundaceae
Genus
Osmunda
Species
regalis
Geographic details
Habitat
wetlands
Soil type
acidic
Distribution
Throughout British Isles
Native
Yes