A fern with triangular, deeply lobed fronds. Native to eastern North America, it favors moist woodland habitats and streamsides.
- Genus Thelypteris, family Polypodiaceae: two species, the broad beech fern (T. hexagonptera) and the long beech fern (also narrow beech fern or northern beech fern) (T. phegopteris)
- The fronds of beech ferns are shaped like arrowheads, with the lowest pair of leaflets pointing out at a diagonal.
- Typically found in rich woodlands, broad beech fern adapts well to virtually any partially shaded woodland garden.
- Christmas, lady, cinnamon and broad beech ferns thrive in the area.
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