Anyone familiar with this west coast fern?

w1ldflower(5)October 14, 2013

Found this fern growing in a garden outside of Seattle, WA. It stood about 2' in height. Not sure if it was a native or transplant, but it seemed to be content. Hoping someone can help put a name to it. Thanks!

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shadeyplace(7)

polypodium glycyrrhiza GUESSING

    Bookmark   October 14, 2013 at 4:26PM
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dryadella

Blechnum spicant

Rgds

    Bookmark   October 14, 2013 at 9:16PM
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morz8(Washington Coast Z8b)

Looks like deer fern to me too - Blechnum spicant

    Bookmark   October 14, 2013 at 11:33PM
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w1ldflower(5)

Thank you! I believe deer fern is correct. Pondering how it got such a horrific sounding Latin designation? :)

    Bookmark   October 15, 2013 at 12:08AM
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shadeyplace(7)

glad to know. it is a good looking fern

    Bookmark   October 15, 2013 at 8:26AM
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gardengal48

'Blechnum' comes from the ancient Greek word blechnon, meaning 'fern'; 'spicant' means 'tufted' or 'spiked'.

    Bookmark   October 15, 2013 at 4:09PM
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Embothrium(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

Notice it produces two types of fronds, the fertile, spore-bearing ones standing up in the center and the sterile ones forming the basal tuft.

    Bookmark   October 15, 2013 at 5:27PM
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w1ldflower(5)

Thanks, gardengal48! That makes a bit more sense. Thank you also, bboy. I did notice that on inspection and collected a few of the fertile fronds. It really is a handsome garden specimen and didn't seem to take the abuse of the Seattle rains like some of the more delicate ferns.

    Bookmark   October 16, 2013 at 1:23PM
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