Taxon  Report   8355    
Woodwardia fimbriata  Sm.
Chain fern,  Giant chain fern, Giant chainfern, Western chain fern
Woodwardia fimbriata
© 2009 John W. Wall
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Woodwardia fimbriata
© 2003 Keir Morse
Woodwardia fimbriata
© 2003 Keir Morse
Woodwardia fimbriata, a pteridophyte, is a fern that is native to California, is also found outside of California, but is confined to western North America.

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Plant Characteristics
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Woodwardia fimbriata
© 2013 Zoya Akulova
Genus: Woodwardia
Communities: Yellow Pine Forest, Foothill Woodland, Chaparral, Valley Grassland, (many plant communities), wetland-riparian

Wetlands: Occurs in wetlands

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
ICPN + PLANTS: Woodwardia chamissoi
ICPN: Woodwardia radicans
More information about  Woodwardia fimbriata
Nursery / seed vendor availability from CNPLX
This plant is available commercially.
Landscaping information from Calscape
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Jepson eFlora

Records from the Consortium of California Herbaria

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Suggested Citation
Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation, with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals, including the Consortium of California Herbaria. [web application]. 2019. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available:   (Accessed: Jan 19, 2019).