Division: Pteridophyta (Filicophyta)
Class: Pteridopsida (Filicopsida)
The netted chain fern, like its look-alike, the sensitive fern, likes seeps and marshes. However, the netted chain fern is usually found only more towards the east coast and the deep south. They can be distinguished easily by the fertile fronds, since those of the netted chain fern are only moderately contracted, not highly modified as in the sensitive fern.
The netted chain fern has a running rootstock and may form large colonies. It may be grown in the garden, but should be watched for invasiveness in wet areas.
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This page was last revised on 11-21-1997.