Vascular Plants of Henry W. Coe State Park
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Ferns & Fern Allies
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AZOLLACEAE: MOSQUITO-FERN FAMILY

Azolla filiculoides. {+} DUCKWEED FERN. WATER FERN. FERN-LIKE AZOLLA. Small floating mosslike plants. Sluggish water. Apparently rare in park, known only from pool below Kelly Lake dam.


 
BLECHNACEAE: DEER FERN FAMILY

Woodwardia fimbriata. {++} GIANT CHAIN FERN. Perennial. Wet spots in canyons. Uncommon. Middle Fk Coyote Ck (including clump in gulch to west of Upper Camp), Blue Ridge, Robinson Ck, Pinto Ck, Hatch Spring, above Paradise Lake.


 
DENNSTAEDTIACEAE: BRACKEN FAMILY

Pteridium aquilinum var. pubescens. {++} WESTERN BRACKEN. Perennial. Uncommon. Single colony on shaded bank near Madrone Soda Springs; also in Big Canyon.


 
DRYOPTERIDACEAE: WOOD FERN FAMILY

Cystopteris fragilis. {++} BRITTLE FERN. Perennial. Moist, shady woods. Uncommon. Soda Springs Cyn, Fish Tr, Little Fk Coyote Ck, Middle Fk Coyote Ck, the Narrows, E Fk Coyote Ck, Grizzly Gulch, Cañada de la Dormida.


Dryopteris arguta {++}. COASTAL WOOD FERN. CALIFORNIA WOOD FERN. Perennial. Common on shaded slopes and in open woods in the W half of the park, uncommon to rare E of Mississippi Ridge, e.g. at confluence of Red Ck & S Fk Orestimba Ck.

 
Polystichum munitum. {?} WESTERN SWORD FERN. Perennial. Damp woods, canyon slopes and rock crevices. Fairly common on slopes above Middle Fk Coyote Ck upstream from Mexican Flat, apparently absent in rest of park. The identity of these might really be Polystichum imbricans, once considered a ssp of Polystichum munitum.

The habitat of some of the canyons on the Nature Conservancy property west of the park which is soon to be added to Coe is similar to the above known locations of these plants. Specifically, Rough Gulch and Little Rough Gulch would be good places to look for additional populations of this species.


 
EQUISETACEAE: HORSETAIL FAMILY

Equisetum laevigatum. {+} SMOOTH SCOURING-RUSH. CALIFORNIA HORSETAIL. Perennial. Moist or wet places. Uncommon. Coyote Ck, E Fk Coyote Ck, Red Ck.


Equisetum telmateia ssp. braunii. {+} GIANT HORSETAIL. Perennial. Wet places. Uncommon. Middle Fk Coyote Ck, below dam of Hoover Lake, Hatch Spring.


 
ISOETACEAE: QUILLWORT FAMILY

Isoetes howellii. {+} HOWELL'S QUILLWORT. Amphibious herb. In water or in mud. Apparently uncommon.


 
MARSILEACEAE: MARSILEA FAMILY

Marsilea vestita. {+} CLOVER FERN. HAIRY PEPPERWORT. Perennial, resembling some odd, 4-leaf clover. Edges of ponds and in beds of seasonal streams. Uncommon. N Fk Pacheco Ck, S Fk Orestimba Ck.


 
POLYPODIACEAE: POLYPODY FERN FAMILY

Polypodium californicum. {+} CALIFORNIA POLYPODY. Perennial. Common on mossy ledges and moist banks throughout.


 
PTERIDACEAE: BRAKE FAMILY

Adiantum capillus-veneris. {+} VENUS-HAIR FERN. Perennial. Moist shaded cliffs. Apparently rare. Known only from rocky wall by highest cascade of Robinson Falls, where abundant.


Adiantum jordanii. {++} CALIFORNIA MAIDENHAIR. Perennial. Fronds dry up around July and do not reemerge until spring. Common on damp shaded banks throughout.

 
Cheilanthes intertexta. {++} COASTAL LIP FERN. Perennial. Rock crevices; grows in places where large boulders are piled upon each other. Widespread but uncommon. Near Los Cruzeros, at Rock House, Divide Ridge, Willow Ridge, S Fk Orestimba Ck, Rooster Comb, Hartman Ck, ravine in Mustang Flat, Burra Burra Pk.

 
Pellaea andromedifolia. {++} COFFEE FERN. Perennial. Common in dry rocky usually shaded areas throughout.


Pellaea mucronata. {++} BIRD'S-FOOT FERN. BIRD'S-FOOT CLIFF-BRAKE. Perennial. Common on dry rocky slopes throughout.


Pentagramma pallida. {+} (=Pityrogramma triangularis var. pallida). PALE SILVERBACK FERN.  Perennial.  Noted only near base of large west-facing rocky cliff in CaZada de la Dormida.

 
Pentagramma triangularis {++} (=Pityrogramma triangularis). GOLDENBACK FERN. GOLD FERN. Perennial. Common throughout in shaded places, the most widespread and common fern in the park.


 
SELAGINELLACEAE: SELAGINELLA FAMILY

Selaginella bigelovii. {+} BIGELOW MOSS-FERN. BUSHY SELAGINELLA. BIGELOW'S SELAGINELLA. Mosslike perennial. Common on dry rocky banks throughout.


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