Wood Ferns (Family Dryopteridaceae)
Dryopteridaceae, is a family of ferns in order Polypodiales. They are
known colloquially as the Wood Ferns. They comprise about 1700 spe-
cies. The largest genera are Elaphoglossum (600), Polystichum (260),
Dryopteris (225), and Ctenitis (150). These four genera contain about
70% of the species.
Woodferns have a cosmopolitan distribution. They may be terrestrial,
epipetric, hemiepiphytic, or epiphytic.
Many are cultivated as ornamental plants.
Crooked Run Valley