Fern Collection

A collection of tropical and temperate ferns and lycopods.

Ferns in the Princess of Wales Conservatory

Location: Tropical Nursery, Palm House, Princess of Wales Conservatory and Temperate House

Taxa: 297  Accessions: 432  Wild-sourced: 40%

Geographic strengths: South-East Asia

Taxonomic strengths: Selaginella and Polypodiaceae

Notable specimens: Angiopteris, which have the largest known fronds of any fern; filmy ferns (Hymenophyllum spp.), whose leaves are generally only one cell thick; Pteris adscensionis, one of only seven remaining endemic plant species on Ascension Island; and Selaginella willdenowii, an iridescent species