One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A European fern with deeply divided lobes and with stalks that are typically covered with brown scales.
Several species in the genus Dryopteris, family Dryopteridaceae
- ‘There were plenty of ferns in the wood, but they were mostly male fern or common buckler fern, with a good number of hard ferns along the path-sides.’
- ‘Some of the rare plants to benefit from the Project will include limestone fern, baneberry, soloman's seal and rigid buckler fern.’
- ‘The native broad buckler fern is a deciduous fern to 80 cm x 80 cm usually found in moist situations in native woods, commonest on acid soil.’
- ‘The understorey is dominated by cherry laurel, and the herb layer by woodrush, hard and buckler ferns; there is also a good cover of mosses and lichens.’
- ‘Honeysuckle, fraochan, wood sorrel, bugle, blue-bell, few-flowered woodrush, royal fern, hay-scented buckler fern and foxglove all occur on the forest floor along with numerous mosses and liverworts.’
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