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Dryopteris cristata
crested wood fern fern, shield fern
WTU specimens
Other herbaria

Distribution: Occurring chiefly in the northeastern region of Washington; Alaska to Idaho, east across northern U.S. and Canada to eastern North America; also in Europe.

Habitat: Moist woods and thickets.

Origin: Native

Conservation Status: Sensitive in Washington (WANHP)


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Accepted Name:
Dryopteris cristata (L.) A. Gray
Publication: Manual. 631. 1848. 1848.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Polypodium cristatum L.
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Dryopteris cristata in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Dryopteris cristata checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Dryopteris cristata atlas page.

CalPhotos: Dryopteris cristata photos.

USDA Plants: Dryopteris cristata information.

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