AppearanceThe fronds are broadly triangular. The specific name "hexagonoptera" refers to the winging of leaf tissue along the rachis between the basal pinnae.
Sori are small, round and naked. This aspect of the plant has caused it in the past to be placed, at first, in the genus "Polypodium", then grouped with genus "Dryopteris", then with the genus "Thelypteris". Genetic analysis has shown the "Phegopteris" genus to be a sister clade to the rest of the thelypteroid ferns.
Rare hybrids with "Phegopteris connectilis" are known.
This fern makes an excellent garden plant, gradually filling in a bed.
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