Dryopteris laeta Bright wood fern

Synonym Dryopteris goeringianum Epithet means "vivid, bright."

Deciduous to semievergreen, 2 ft. (60 cm).Zones 5 to 8.

description: The rhizome is erect with arching fronds of one-half broadly triangular bipinnate-pinnatifid to tripinnate blades and one-half tan-scaled stipes. The sori are submarginal and covered with a kidney-shaped indusium. Mickel (1994) notes that the species resembles Dryopteris dilatata "but is less dissected and less toothed, and the basiscopic (lowermost) pinnules are not long."

Dryopteris lacera frond with its smaller fertile pinnae towards the apex. Gassner garden.

range and habitat: From the cold temperate regions of China, Japan, Manchuria, and Korea, this species prefers limestone areas.

culture and comments: Rarely available commercially, Dryopteris laeta is an upright, bushy, but not particularly showy addition to the garden.

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