Ophioglossum vulgatum

Tracheophyta PteropsidaOphioglossaceaeOphioglossumOphioglossum vulgatum


A rhizomatous, deciduous fern found on mildly acidic to base-rich soils in open woodland, meadows and damp pastures, and on sand dunes, under Pteridium on heaths, and on peat in regularly mown fen. 0-660 m (Burnhope Seat, Cumberland).



World Distribution

Circumpolar Temperate element, with a disjunct distribution.

Atlas Change Index: 0.72

JNCC Designations


Atlas text references

Atlas (16a)
Hultén E, Fries M
1986.  Atlas of north European vascular plants north of the Tropic of Cancer. 3 vols.
Jalas & Suominen (1972)
Bangerter EB, Cannon JFM, Jermy AC
1978.  Ferns and their allies. The Island of Mull: a survey of its flora and environment. :12.1-12.7.
Meusel H, Jäger E, Weinert E
1965.  Vergleichende Chorologie der zentraleuropäischen Flora. Volume 1. 2 vols.
Page CN
1997.  The ferns of Britain and Ireland, edn 2.