Fern ID help

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  1. tlfouhar

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    I found this fern today and since it's December here in Maine with a little snow on the ground and 22F, it must be some sort of an Evergreen Fern, but I can't key it out. They are 12-15 inches tall and 3 - 3 1/2 wide. Sori are on the back. The stipe and bottom part of the rachis is brown with a few scales. I don't see any fine hairs. The pinna are 2x cut and they were clustered. The venation is interesting and I thought that would help with ID, but it didn't.
     

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    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Dryopteris sp.
     
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    Thanks for your help Michael F. I will check out Dryopteris and see if I can narrow it down.
     
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    That definitely looks like my fern and when I change one little detailed I missed, it keys out to D. Clintonia.
    Thanks for your help Sundrop!
     

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