Crested Wood Fern

Crested Wood Fern

Crested Wood Fern (Dryopteris cristata)

Identification

The Crested Wood or Shield Fern is part of the wood fern family (Dryopteridaceae). A defining feature of the crested wood fern is the twisted pinnae (leaflets) which can turn up to 90°, giving it a comb-like profile. The crested wood fern features a large stem (rhizome) that is capable of branching off to create new crowns. The fronds grow about 60cm high and 12cm wide. The sterile fronds are evergreen, while the fertile fronds are deciduous. The fronds are slightly leathery and grow pinnae in 10-15 pairs.

Habitat

The crested wood fern does well in very moist environments, such as swampy woods, marshes, and shrubby wetlands.

Propagation

Spores mature in midsummer. Reproduction can also occur vegetatively by rhizome.

Upcoming Events

Jul
3
Mon
9:00 am Becoming a Naturalist Week 1
Becoming a Naturalist Week 1
Jul 3 @ 9:00 am – Jul 7 @ 3:00 pm
This camp builds on the camper’s ability to encounter and describe the natural world. They will use journals, collecting equipment, and take part in many fun activities that will expand their understanding of how to
Jul
10
Mon
9:00 am Young Ecologists Week 1
Young Ecologists Week 1
Jul 10 @ 9:00 am – Jul 14 @ 3:00 pm
This camp will begin to introduce the campers to the amazing complexity of our native Acadian forests. They will dissect owl pellets, take part in forest restoration planning and plantings and develop their understanding of
Jul
15
Sat
2:00 pm Forest Restoration Workshop
Forest Restoration Workshop
Jul 15 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Forest Restoration Workshop @ Macphail Woods Nature Centre | Vernon Bridge | Prince Edward Island | Canada
The Forest Restoration workshop offers alternatives to clear-cuts and plantations, and other ideas on how to improve the health of Island forests. It starts with a presentation in the Nature Centre and then participants will