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Woodwardia fimbriata Sm.
Giant Chain Fern, Giant Chainfern
Blechnaceae (Chain fern Family)
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.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Habit: Herb , Fern
Leaf Retention: Evergreen
Leaf Complexity: Bipinnate
Size Notes: Fronds up to about 8 feet long.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Not Applicable
Bloom Notes: Not a flowering plant. Reproduces by spores.
DistributionUSA: AZ , CA , NV , OR , WA
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.
Commercially Avail: yes
National Wetland Indicator Status
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden - Santa Barbara, CA
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Woodwardia fimbriata in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Woodwardia fimbriata in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Woodwardia fimbriata
MetadataRecord Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff