Pteridaceae
Maidenhair Fern Family
6 genera
12 species
2 subspecies and varieties
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Adiantum aleuticumAleutian maidenhair, western maidenhair
Distribution: Occurring on both sides of the Cascades crest in Washington; Alaska south to California, east sporadically to the Rocky Mountains, and also in northeastern North America.
Habitat: Moist woods and streambanks, lowlands to mid-elevations in the mountains.
Origin: Native
Aspidotis densaOregon cliff brake, Indian's dream, podfern
Distribution: British Columbia to California, east to Idaho and Montana
Habitat: Cliff crevices and moist, rocky slopes, foothills to near timberline, often on serpentine
Origin: Native
Cryptogramma acrostichoidesAmerican parsley fern rockbrake
Distribution: Alaska to California, east in cool, moist areas to Ontario and Michigan
Habitat: Cliff crevices and talus slopes at mid- to high elevations in the mountains
Origin: Native
Cryptogramma cascadensisCascade parsley fern rockbrake
Distribution: British Columbia to California, east to Idaho and Montana
Habitat: Cliff crevices and talus slopes at mid- to high elevations in the mountains, occasionally descending to sea level in humid areas
Origin: Native
Cryptogramma stellerifragile rockbrake, slender rockbrake, Steller's rockbrake
Origin: Native
Myriopteris gracilisFee's lip fern, slender fern, Fee's lace-fern
Origin: Native
Myriopteris gracillimalace fern, lace lip fern
Distribution: Occurring on both sides of the Cascades in Washington; southern British Columbia to California, east to western Montana, Idaho, Nevada and Utah.
Habitat: Cliffs and rocky slopes from montane to subalpine.
Origin: Native
Pellaea brachypteraSierran cliffbrake
Origin: Native
Pellaea breweriBrewer's cliffbrake
Distribution: East slope of the Cascades, Washington to California, east to Montana and Utah
Habitat: Talus slopes, cliff crevices and other rocky places, foothills to timberline
Origin: Native
Pellaea gastonyi
Origin: Native
Pellaea glabella
Origin: Native
ssp. simplex – simple cliffbrake
Pentagramma triangularis
Distribution: Mostly west of the Cascades, Vancouver Island, B.C., to Baja California, east to Arizona, and in the Blue Mountains of Washington
Habitat: Rock crevices and open, rocky slopes in the valleys and foothills
Origin: Native
ssp. triangularis – gold fern, gold-back fern