[Ferns of the Columbia River Gorge of Oregon and Washington]

Bladder Fern, Brittle Bladderfern, Brittle Fern, Fragile Fern

Cystopteris fragilis

Synonyms: Cystopteris dicieana, Polypodium fragile

Photographed on talus slopes directly below the summit of Angels Rest, Columbia River Gorge.......................May 12, 2005.

Brittle Bladderfern, Fragile Fern, Brittle Fern, Bladder Fern: Cystopteris fragilis (Synonyms: Cystopteris dicieana, Polypodium fragile) - Brittle Bladderfern, Fragile Fern, Brittle Fern, Bladder Fern: Cystopteris fragilis (Synonyms: Cystopteris dicieana, Polypodium fragile) - Brittle Bladderfern, Fragile Fern, Brittle Fern, Bladder Fern: Cystopteris fragilis (Synonyms: Cystopteris dicieana, Polypodium fragile)

Frond of Brittle Bladderfern, Fragile Fern, Brittle Fern, Bladder Fern: Cystopteris fragilis (Synonyms: Cystopteris dicieana, Polypodium fragile)

Sori of Brittle Bladderfern, Fragile Fern, Brittle Fern, Bladder Fern: Cystopteris fragilis (Synonyms: Cystopteris dicieana, Polypodium fragile)

Brittle Bladderfern, Fragile Fern, Brittle Fern, Bladder Fern: Cystopteris fragilis (Synonyms: Cystopteris dicieana, Polypodium fragile)

Close-ups of what might be fragile fern as seen on cut banks along the Eagle Creek Trail, Columbia River Gorge.............May 10, 2012. If anyone can confirm this identity I'd appreciate it. The fronds were up to 11" long, which is longer than other fragile ferns I have seen.

Paul Slichter