Cyanotypes of British and Foreign Ferns1853 by Anna Atkins and Anne Dixon

The following images are owned by The J. Paul Getty Museum

Fern names have been changed since 1853
Here is a table showing the 1853 Name, the modern scientific name, the common name and an image for the British Ferns

1853 NameModern Scientific NameCommon NameImage
Ceterach officinarumAsplenium ceterachRustyback
Woodsia hyperboreaWoodsia alpinaAlpine Woodsia
Polypodium vulgare 1Polypodium vulgareCommon Polypody
Polypodium interjectumWestern Polypody
Polypodium cambricumSouthern Polypody
Polypodium phegopterisPhegopteris connectilisBeech Fern
Polypodium dryopterisGymnocarpium dryopterisOak Fern
Polypodium calcareumGymnocarpium robertianumLimestone Oak Fern
Allosorus crispusCryptogramma crispaParsley Fern
Cystopteris fragilisCystopteris fragilisBrittle Bladder-fern
Cystopteris dentataCystopteris alpinaAlpine Bladder-Fern
Asplenium lonchitisPolystichum lonchitisHolly-fern
Aspidium aculeatumPolystichum setiferumSoft Shield-fern
Aspidium lobatumPolystichum aculeatumPolystichum aculeatum 
Aspidium angularePolystichum setiferumSoft Shield-fern
Lastrea recurvaDryopteris aemula Hay-scented Buckler-fern
Lastrea thelypterisThelypteris palustrisMarsh Fern
Lastrea oreopterisOreopteris limbospermaMountain or Lemon-scented Fern
Lastrea cristataDryopteris cristataCrested or Fen Buckler-fern
Lastrea filix masDryopteris filix-masCommon Male Fern
Lastrea rigidaDryopteris submontanaNarrow Buckler-Fern
Lastrea spinulosa 2Dryopteris carthusianaNarrow Buckler-fern
Lastrea dilatata 2Dryopteris dilatata Broad Buckler-fern
Lastrea focniseciiDryopteris aemulaHay-scented Buckler-fern
Athyrium filix feminaAthyrium filix-feminaLady Fern
Athyrium molleAthyrium filix-feminaLady Fern
Asplenium virideAsplenium virideGreen Spleenwort
Asplenium trichomanesAsplenium trichomanesMaidenhair Spleenwort
Asplenium marinumAsplenium marinumSea Spleenwort
Asplenium lanceolatumAsplenium billotiiLanceolate Spleenwort
Asplenium adiantum nigrumAsplenium adiantum-nigrumBlack Spleenwort
Asplenium ruta murariaAsplenium ruta-murariaWall-rue
Asplenium septentrionaleAsplenium septentrionaleForked Spleenwort
Asplenium fontanumAsplenium fontanumEU not UK
Scolopendrium vulgareAsplenium scolopendriumHart's-tongue
Scolopendrium vulgare [illeg.]Asplenium scolopendrium ('Ramosum' type) Hart's-tongueUK
Blechnum borealeBlechnum spicantHard Fern
Pteris aquilinaPteridium aquilinumBracken
Adiantum capillus venerisAdiantum capillus-venerisMaidenhair Fern
Hymenophyllum TunbridgenseHymenophyllum tunbrigenseTunbridge Filmy-fern
Hymenophyllum WilsoniiHymenophyllum wilsoniiWilson's Filmy-fern
Osmunda regalisOsmunda regalisRoyal Fern
Botrychium LunariaBotrychium lunariaMoonwort
Ophioglossum vulgatumOphioglossum vulgatumCommon Adder's-tongue
Equisetum sylvaticumEquisetum sylvaticumWood Horsetail

With thanks to John Edgington for helping to translate 1853 names to modern names

1 It was dicovered after 1853 that there are in fact 3 species of Polypodium in the British Isles and they all hybridise with each other. We think the main image is P. interjectum and the 2 smaller images are of P. cambricum

2 The names we have given are the correct “translations” but the images look reversed, so that the Lastrea dilatata looks like D. carthusiana while Lastrea spinulosa looks like D. dilatata.

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