Here are a selection of other pteridophyte-related WWW sites.

There are also e-mail lists or listservers for pteridological discussion.


Fern Societies:

American Fern Society

"The American Fern Society is over 100 years old. With over 900 members worldwide, it is one of the largest international fern clubs in the world. It was established in 1893 with the objective of fostering interest in ferns and fern allies."

San Diego Fern Society "The San Diego Fern Society has designed this site to provide an international source of fern-related information for the fern hobbyist."
Hardy Fern Foundation, USA. "... is a non-profit, membership organization established to provide a comprehensive collection of the world's hardy ferns for display, testing, evaluation, public education and introduction to the gardening and horticultural community." 
Los Angeles International Fern Society (LAIFS) "The Los Angeles International Fern Society was formed to provide a source of information on ferns, arrange for people to study ferns, and encourage the use and enjoyment of ferns in gardens and patios."
The Fern Society of Victoria Inc "The Society was formed in 1979 and has a membership of both professional and enthusiastic amateur fern growers."
Texas Gulf Coast Fern Society "Organized in 1998 by a group of fern enthusiasts (a.k.a. fern lovers, fernies, pteridologists), to cultivate, foster and promote interest in ferns and fern allies, the TGC Fern Society presents educational programs including “how to” sessions, presentations by local, national and internationally known fern experts, and field trips and tours-thus providing a forum for fern enthusiasts to visit, learn, share plants, ideas, information, and have a good time."
The Fern Society of Southern Africa "Objectives:
To promote an interest in ferns (Pteridophyta)
To protect indigenous ferns
To research the cultivation of ferns
To disseminate information concerning ferns"
Nederlandse Varenvereniging

"De Nederlandse Varenvereniging was founded in 1989. Our membership is around 130 who are mostly Dutch and Belgian fern lovers though we would like to receive members from other countries. We try to extend the connections with other fern lovers in the world and have contacts with German, Swiss, American and English fern lovers."

See their fuller note (in English) as a pdf file.



Introduction to the Sphenophyta "Yesterday's trees, today's horsetails" - from The Museum of Paleontology (UCMP), located on the campus of the University of California at Berkeley.
Ferns of the Canberra Region (David and Christopher Nicholls, Australia) "This website is about the wild ferns in this part of southeastern Australia: where they grow; their ecology; with many photographs and detailed descriptions."


Checklist of World Ferns  "This page is the portal to web-pages listing all the species of fern-allies and ferns of the world. By Michael Hassler (Germany) and Brian Swale (NZ). We have drawn together information from a multitude of sources to create an internet presentation of facts about these interesting plants. It is not going too far to say that we find ferns and fern-allies exciting."

Garden Ferns:

Rosi's fern garden "I would like you to understand the beauty of green gardens showing a lot of nice photos and a few interesting pages about ferns. Fern gardens are an fascinating alternative to change shady, unused garden rooms into a green nice garden. I wish you a lot of pleasure while looking around the pages. My fern garden is placed in the nice Westerwald, in the middle of Germany, near Koblenz."
'My Garden' - a personal gardening site "My Garden represents a wide range of rare and unusual plants in a small private garden in Wales, UK, with an emphasis on wildlife and biodiversity. Hopefully this site acts as a pictorial diary over the seasons and over the coming years of what is growing and flowering, starting with April 2003 and continuing... "


The Azolla Page from the Department of Plant Biology, Faculty of Sciences of Lisbon University, Centre for Environmental Biology (CEB), Portugal. "This site is an international forum of discussion and diffusion on Azolla."
Ferns and Man in New Guinea. Text by J.R. Croft (a paper presented to Papua New Guinea Botany Society, 1982).
Ceratopteris - A Simple Model Plant System, USA "A Plant For Teaching and Research - See What a Single Cell Can Do!"
Ferns: Of Fern Forest and South Florida "Welcome to the Native Plants of South Florida (NPSF) page. This collection of pages provides information and pictures of many plants native to our area, and some of the troublesome exotics as well."
Native Ferns for Cool Climates Australian National Botanic Gardens - "There are a number of Australian native fern species which are relatively easy to grow outdoors in cool climate areas."

BPS Members' Web Sites:

Peter Barnes Including:
'Albanian ferns' &
'Fern nomenclature'.
Mike Taylor Skye Ferns - "I have been studying and mapping the distribution of ferns on the Isle of Skye since moving to the Island in 2001 and this site has been set up to give details of references to ferns on the Island and distribution records in my data base."
Peter Boyd Including:
Pteridomania - the Victorian passion for ferns &
The Victorian Fern Cult in South-West Britain
Roger Golding Ferns in Britain and Ireland - A guide to ferns, horsetails, clubmosses and quillworts - "Welcome to the Fern Site. This is a work in progress, so please be aware that I am continually adding to it and updating it. The current version contains images of most species of British and Irish ferns, including established alien species; also some subspecies and varieties. It does not yet cover hybrids - I hope to be able to include those soon."
Andrew Leonard "Andrew Leonard's Fern Site"
In addition, here are some links to other (not exclusively pteridological) organisations who we like...  

Other Organisations:

THE NATIONAL COUNCIL FOR THE CONSERVATION OF PLANTS AND GARDENS  "Conserving the widest possible variety of plants is one of the most urgent needs facing conservationists today, but it is not easy to translate this need into a practical reality. The NCCPG has gone a long way towards solving this problem for many of our traditional garden plants, which have given until pleasure for generations, by setting up the National Plant Collections® Scheme. ..."
Botanical Society of the British Isles  "The Botanical Society of the British Isles (BSBI) was founded in 1836 and has played a central role in the botanical community for 160 years. We are a society offering its members, whether beginners or seasoned professionals, services and a forum for the exchange of ideas and information. The aim of the BSBI is to gain a better understanding of British and Irish plants and their distribution, and to use this knowledge to help in their conservation. Our trees and wildflowers, our ferns and grasses, in all their natural diversity and beauty, are priceless assets that enhance the lives of everyone."
National Biodiversity Network

The NBN is a project to build the UK's first network of biodiversity information.

This site is the Communications Portal for the NBN. Use it to access the NBN Gateway (NBN data portal) and other NBN portals.

Royal Horticultural Society  "The Royal Horticultural Society, was founded in 1804 to encourage the science, art and practice of horticulture in all its branches. It is now the world's leading horticultural organisation, with extremely active science and educational departments based at RHS Garden, Wisley."
The Natural History Museum  "The Museum's mission is to maintain and develop its collections and use them to promote the discovery, understanding, responsible use and enjoyment of the natural world."
PlantNetwork "PlantNetwork, is the national network of botanic gardens, arboreta and other documented plant collections.
Promoting botanical collections in Britain and Ireland as a national resource for research, conservation and education."
Plantlife "Plantlife is the only charity working solely to protect Britain’s wild flowers and plants, fungi and lichens, and the habitats in which they are found"
Botanic Gardens Conservation International "BGCI was founded in 1987 to link botanic gardens as a co-operating global network for effective plant conservation. It now links over 800 institutions in over 120 countries, all working together to preserve and promote plant diversity for people and the planet."

Featured Site

Rosi's fern garden
Roswitha Möller's web site describes her fern garden in the Westerwald, Germany. Over 400 species and varieties are grown. Many of these are illustrated along with background information about ferns, book lists and links.

Rosi has also produced a fern CD that contains 796 descriptions and 2800 fern photos.



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