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Fern Families in Maryland

Adapted from the guide "Maryland Native Plants: A Master Checklist", compiled by Joseph Metzger, Jr., 1995.

This listing is old and may not reflect current knowledge of taxonomy.

Aspleniaceae, Spleenwort Family

Dennstaedtiaceae, Bracken Fern Family

Dryopteridaceae, Wood Fern Family

Ophioglossaceae, Adder's Tongue Family

Osmundaceae, Royal Fern Family

Polypodiaceae, Polypody Family

  • Athyrium angustum, Northeast Lady Fern
  • Athyrium asplenioides, Southern Lady Fern
  • Athyrium filix-femina, Lady Fern
  • Athyrium pycnocarpon, Slender Spleenwort
  • Camptosorus rhizophyllus, Walking Fern
  • Cheilanthes castanea, Chestnut Lip Fern
  • Cheilanthes lanosa, Wooly Lip Fern
  • Gymnocarpium dryopteris, Oak Fern
  • Pellaea atropurpurea, Purple Stem Cliffbrake
  • Pellaea glabella, Smooth Cliffbrake
  • Polypodium polypodioides, Ressurection Fern
  • Polypodium virginianum, Eastern Rock Fern
  • Woodsia ilvensis, Rusty Cliff Fern
  • Woodsia obtusa, Blunt-lobed Cliff Fern
  • Woodwardia areolata, Netted Chain Fern
  • Woodwardia virginica, Virginia Chain Fern

Pteridaceae, Maidenhair Fern Family

Salviniaceae, Floating Fern Family

  • Azolla caroliniana, Mosquito Fern

Schizaeaceae, Curly Grass Family

  • Lygodium palmatum, American Climbing Fern

Thelypteridaceae, Marsh Fern Family

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