Belongs to: ferns

Broad buckler fern Dryopteris dilatata

Best time to see: mid Apr to mid Nov

Key facts

A fairly common tufted fern of woods and heaths, tall and spreading

Dark-green, tri-pinnate leaves up to 150cm long; triangular, tapering evenly towards the tip

Spores ripen July–August

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© Tony Gunton