Louisiana Wood Fern
Dryopteris ludoviciana - (Kunze) Small
Dryopteridaceae (Wood Fern) Family
The related Log Fern (Dryopteris celsa (W. Palmer) Knowlton) occurs within the range of Southern Wood Fern and differs in having scales on the rachis that are darker in color, the sterile and fertile leaves are not dimorphic, and it usually grows on drier sites. It is a very vigorous plant that can be identified by the malformed spores it produces.
This plant is generally available from native plant nurseries, as it does well in a domestic environment and in places where few other plants will grow.