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Dryopteris expansa ‘Recurva’


Spreading Wood Fern

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae (from Stearn’s Botanical Latin)
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)
GenusDryopterisWood ferns, male ferns, and buckler ferns
SpeciesexpansaSpreading wood fern (expansa means “expanded”)
Cultivar‘Recurva’Means “curved”

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Dryopteris expansa ‘Recurva’ description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 9 Jan 2011.

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Dryopteris expansa (Spreading Wood Fern)

5/15/2010 · Garden in the Woods, Framingham, MA
≈ 24 × 16" (62 × 41 cm)