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Woodwardia fimbriata Sm.
Giant chain fern, Giant chainfern
Synonym(s): Woodwardia chamissoi
USDA Symbol: WOFI
USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)
The plume-like fronds, several per crown, of this giant chain fern may attain 8 ft. in length. The bipinnate frond segments are coarse and large, lacking the delicacy of smaller ferns, but persisting in excellent condition until new fronds have uncoiled. The chain of worm-like sori on the underside of the frond give the plant its name.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Not Applicable
Bloom Notes: Not a flowering plant. Reproduces by spores.
, WA Canada: BC Native Distribution:
S. B.C. to s. CA,
mostly near the coast; irregularly inland to AZ
& s. NV Native Habitat:
Springy & boggy places; stream banks
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement:
Part Shade Soil Moisture:
Moist Soil Description:
Moist soils. Conditions Comments:
Old fronds of chain fern
should be cut off as new ones occur. Sporelings are produced rather freely in wet areas. These may be transplanted when young.
PropagationDescription: Does well from spores.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes
National Wetland Indicator Status
|Status:|| FACW || FACW |
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1
(Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here
for map of regions.
From the National Suppliers Directory
According to the inventory provided by Associate Suppliers, this plant is available at the following locations:
Oregon Native Plant Nursery
- Woodburn, OR
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
- Santa Barbara, CA
Record Last Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff