Northern Beech Fern
Polypodiaceae (Polypody Family)
General - small woodland fern; erect, solitary fronds grow 10-50 cm long.
Leaves - small, pale green, thinly textured, with a narrow triangular shape that tapers rapidly toward the tip; blade tilts backward; the lowest pair drops down and out
Spore Clusters - spores are located in the lower frond pairs.
Grows on moist, calcareous cliff crevices or moist banks in rich, damp forest floors; also found on floodplain sites. Most commonly encountered in the southwestern parts of Northwestern Ontario and near Lake Superior; circumboreal.
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