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Athyrium niponicum

Japanese painted fern

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
ClassFilicopsida“Leptosporangiate” (has to do with how their spores form) ferns—includes most ferns
OrderPolypodialesPolypod ferns
FamilyDryopteridaceaeWood ferns (about 70% of the ferns)
GenusAthyriumFrom Greek a, “without,” and thurium, “shield,” (or thura, “door”), from the shape of the sori
Speciesniponicum“From Japan”

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Athyrium niponicum description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.

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Athyrium niponicum (Japanese painted fern)

8/16/2009 · Joan & Jim’s, Mansfield, Mass­a­chu­setts
≈ 14 × 9" (35 × 23 cm) ID is uncertain