Division: Pteridophyta (Filicophyta)
Class: Pteridopsida (Filicopsida)
The broad beech fern is one of the most frequently-found ferns in the woodlands of the eastern United States. It grows in a variety of woodland situations.
The fronds are triangular, with hexagonal wings at the rachis at the lower pinnae, hence the name. The fronds arise individually from a running, underground rootstock.
The broad beech fern is a hardy and attractive fern for the garden, and is easily grown.