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Woodwardia fimbriata Sm.
Giant chain fern, Giant chainfern
USDA Symbol: wofi
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
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.
AZ , CA , NV , OR , 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 USDA Native Status: L48(N), CAN(N)
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
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
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Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff