Lemon-scented Fern - Oreopteris limbosperma

Description

Erect yellowish-green fronds, 30 to 100 cm. Fronds widest at centre, very narrow at base. Once-pinnate, pinnae broad-based, blunt, margins untoothed. Sori small, at outer edges of segments. Although at a glance this yellow green fern could be easily confused with several others such as Lady Fern, it is most easily identified by the fact that it is mildly lemon scented when crushed.

Habitat

Often found in damp stony areas and on humus rich acidic ground.

When to see it

Spores ripe in July and August.

Life History

Perennial.

UK Status

Widespread though not particularly common in Britain, and scarcer in parts of central and eastern England.

VC55 Status

Local and quite uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 5 of the 617 tetrads.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map