Dryopteris orientalis is an attractive deer-resistant wood fern from a Yucca Do expedition to Sichuan, China, where this gem was found at 4,000' elevation in Sichuan's Tao Yuan. Dryopteris orientalis makes an attractive, easy-to-grow, 1' tall x 2' wide evergreen clump. The impressed spores on the back of the frond give the top a very interesting beaded look. Here's where the problem of plant exploration gets dicey...the Flora of China section on ferns isn't published yet, and none of our Chinese books lists Dryopteris orientalis. In appearance, it resembles a smaller Dryopteris indusiata. Our supply of this is very limited.