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noclea sensibilis

Common Name: Sensitive Fern
noclea sensibilis
noclea sensibilis

Scientific Classification

Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Tracheophyta
Class: Polypodiopsida
Order: Polypodiales
Family: Onocleaceae
Genus: Onoclea
Species: Onoclea sensibilis

Conservation Status

Identifying Features

Sensitive ferns are between 24-36" long. Their fronds are pale green and once compound. There are approximately 12 pairs of leaflets with wavy edges and a leatherly texture.

Habitat & Range

This fern prefers moist forested areas and is found in Eastern and Central North America, Europe, and parts of Eastern Asia.


They are named due to their quick die off after the first frost.

Life Cycle

The sori, or spore producing recepticles, are located on a seperate frond and appear like a brown bead and are clustered. This fertile frond will persist through the winter.

Featured image by James Dake


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