Midwest Ferns

Author: Steve W. Chadde

A field guide to the ferns and fern Relatives of the Northern Central United States

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Author: Steve W. Chadde

A field guide to the ferns and fern Relatives of the Northern Central United States

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Author Steve W. Chadde
Page count 434
ISBN 978-1492177289
Copyright date August 26, 2013
Publisher CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

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Midwest Ferns is the first modern, comprehensive field guide to the true ferns and fern relatives of the American midwest, including the states of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin. Included are keys, descriptions and illustrations for over 130 of the region’s species of ferns and fern relatives: True Ferns in 18 families and 37 genera, including 'typical' ferns such as members of the Wood Fern, Sensitive Fern, Maidenhair Fern, Cliff Fern and Spleenwort Families, plus families now considered part of the true fern group - the Horsetail (Equisetum) and Adder's-tongue Families (moonworts, grapeferns). Fern Relatives in 3 families and 8 genera, including members of the Clubmoss, Quillwort and Spike-moss Families.


  • Introduction to fern terminology, structure and life-cycle
  • Illustrated keys to each family, genus and species
  • Key to ferns by habitat groups • Arranged alphabetically by family
  • Species fully described and illustrated with line drawings and b/w photographs to show the frond (leaf) and important reproductive parts such as the sorus and indusium, and other diagnostic details such as vascular bundles in the stipe (leaf stalk) and close-ups of the pinna (leaf divisions)
  • North American and Midwest region distribution maps for each species.

Author Bio:

Steve W. Chadde is a botanist and plant ecologist with degrees from the University of Wyoming and Montana State University. He spent much of his professional career working for the US Forest Service, the Montana Natural Heritage Program, The Nature Conservancy, and for various ecological consulting firms. His fields of expertise include wetlands ecology, endangered species surveys, natural areas management, and mine land reclamation. He worked at numerous locations in the Rocky Mountain west, the Great Plains and Midwest. Now semi-retired, he enjoys preparing botany-related field guides such as "A Great Lakes Wetland Flora," first published in 1998 and now in its 4th edition (2012), and his most recent books, "Wisconsin Flora" and "Minnesota Flora" (2013), the first complete floras for each state.
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