Athyrium filix-femina  
Family: Dryopteridaceae
common lady fern, lady fern, northeastern lady fern, northern lady fern
Athyrium filix-femina image
Christopher Noll  
Etymology: Athyrium: (1) from Greek a, "without," and thurium, "shield" (2) doorless, from the enclosed sori
Plants: perennial fern
Habitat: woods
Conservation Status: Native
- lacy-cut fronds growing in circular clumps

- dark brown scales on the stipe

- fronds twice-pinnate, tapering at both ends, pinnules toothy

- sori linear to j-shaped

Athyrium filix-femina image
Christopher Noll  
Athyrium filix-femina image
Paul Drobot  
Athyrium filix-femina image
Christopher Noll  
Athyrium filix-femina image
Kenneth J. Sytsma