Male Fern

Also known as:
Common Male Fern
Europe, Asia, N. America

General description

Erect fern with fronds 150cm in length. Stipe (frond stalk) <40cm long, lamina (leafy part of frond) <125cm long. Stipe and rachis (mid rib) have scattered pale brown scales. Lamina dark green above, paler below and are bi-pinnate (twice divided).
The smallest leaflets (secondary pinnae) are toothed and round ended.

Terrestrial. Streamsides, open scrub, damp forest.

Water, soil, wind.

Outcompetes and replaces native fern and groundcover, affects regeneration & succession.

Site management

Recommended approaches

1. Dig out plants.

Caution: when using any herbicide or pesticide PLEASE READ THE LABEL THOROUGHLY to ensure that all instructions and safety requirements are followed.

RPMS status

Surveillance - Whole Region
male fern - Main species image