Ferns and Fern Allies
of Orange County, California
Compiled by Peter J. Bryant
Click on images or names to open. *, exotic species

Aspleniaceae: Spleenworts Azollaceae: Mosquito Ferns Blechnaceae:
Chain Ferns
Cystopteridaceae:
Bladder Ferns
Dennstaedtiaceae: Brackens

Western Spleenwort,
Asplenium vespertinum

Water Fern,
Azolla filiculoides

Giant Chain Fern,
Woodwardia fimbriata

Bladder Fern,
Cystopteris fragilis
 
Dryopteridaceae: Wood Ferns Lycopodiaceae: Club-mosses

* Japanese Holly Fern,
Cyrtomium falcatum

Coastal Wood Fern,
Dryopteris arguta

Narrow Leaved Sword Fern, Polystichum imbricans
   
Equisitaceae: Horsetails  

Field Horsetail,
Equisetum arvense

Rough Horsetail,
Equisetum hyemale

Horsetail,
Equisetum laevigatum

Giant Horsetail,
Equisetum telmateia ssp. braunii
 
Isoetaceae: Quillworts      

Howell's quillwort,
Isoetes howellii

Orcutt's quillwort,
Isoetes orcuttii
     
Marsileaceae: Marsileas Ophioglossaceae: Adder's-tongues Polypodiaceae:
Polypods
Psilotaceae: Whisk Ferns

Hairy Waterclover,
Marsilea vestita

American Pillwort,
Pilularia americana

California Adder's Tongue, Ophioglossum californica

California Polypody,
Polypodium californicum

Whisk fern,
Psilotum nudum
Pteridaceae: Cliffbrakes, Lip ferns

Maidenhair Fern,
Adiantum capillus-veneris

California Maidenhair Fern,
Adiantum jordanii

California Lace Fern,
Aspidotis californica

Cleveland's Lip Fern,
Myriopteris clevelandii

Coville's lip fern,
Myriopteris covillei

Newberry's Lip Fern,
Myriopteris newberryi

California Cloak Fern,
Notholaena californica

Coffee Fern,
Pellaea andromedifolia

Bird's Foot Cliff-Brake,
Pellaea mucronata

Goldenback Fern,
Pentagramma triangularis

Bracken, Pteridium aquilinum var. pubescens
       

Salviniaceae:
Water ferns

  Selaginellaceae:
Spike-mosses
Thelypteridaceae: Thelypterids

Water Spangles,
Salvinia minima
 
Bigelow's Spike-moss,
Selaginella bigelovii

Ashy Spikemoss,
Selaginella cinerascens