Netted Chain Fern

 

Called Chain Fern due to the chain like pattern of veins seen along the midrib of the underside of the leaf, these ferns are common in swampy woods. Sometimes confused with the sensitive fern, the netted chain fern is easily recognized by its unique vein pattern. The fertile, spore bearing fronds grow on separate narrow stalks. As with many ferns, the Chain Ferns spread by creeping rhizomes.

Latin Name: Woodwardia Areolata

Habitat: Oak Hammock, Swamp