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Marginal Shield Fern

dryopteris marginalis

A leathery and nearly evergreen fern of rocky woods. Note the black spore packages covered in white membrane that turn brown later. Spore placement on the margins of the leaflets is characteristic as is the smooth margins of the leaflets.

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  • Habitat: woods, open, dry
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  • Seed Matures: Sep
  • Seed Colour: spores, black
  • Height: 30-60 cm
  • Image Location: trails
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  • Availability: unusual

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