The fronds of Phegopteris connectilis are 15-60 cm long
and spread out on elongate rhizomes (therefore
not strongly clumped). Blades are up to 25 cm long and most
often 2-pinnatifid, except the lowest
pair (rarely 2 pair) of pinnae are fully separate from the other
pinnae. The lowest pair of pinnae are also often narrowed
at the base and they tend to be conspicuously reflexed.
P. connectilis ranges from northernmost Labrador and Quebec
to North Carolina, Illinois and Minnesota, then northwest to Alaska
and through British Columbia into Montana, Idaho and Washington.
It is common over a large portion of Wisconsin, excepting the
extreme southern counties and much of the southeast except for
near the Lake Michigan shoreline. In moist woods, often on acidic