There are 15 species in the genus Woodwardia, native to temperate and sub-tropical regions of the northern hemisphere. They are typically large ferns, named for their sporangia pattern resembling a chain stitch. They have high-arching fronds with delicate, dark green blades. Evergreen leaves remain intact until the new spring fronds begin to uncurl.
Name Derivation: Named for Thomas Jenkinson Woodward, 18th century British botanist and phychologist
Common Name: Chain ferns
Woodwardia is in the family Blechnaceae.