Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia

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Most habitat and range descriptions were obtained from Weakley's Flora.

Your search found 28 taxa in the family Dryopteridaceae, Woodfern family, as understood by PLANTS National Database.

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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Southern Lady Fern
Weakley's Flora: (5/21/15) Athyrium asplenioides   FAMILY: Athyriaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Athyrium filix-femina ssp. asplenioides   FAMILY: Dryopteridaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Athyrium asplenioides 011-01-001   FAMILY: Aspidiaceae

 

Look for it in moist forests

Common

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Northern Lady Fern
Weakley's Flora: (5/21/15) Athyrium angustum   FAMILY: Athyriaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Athyrium filix-femina ssp. angustum   FAMILY: Dryopteridaceae

 

Look for it in moist forests, on rock outcrops on grassy balds at high elevations

Rare

Native

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Silvery Glade Fern, Silvery Spleenwort
Weakley's Flora: (5/21/15) Deparia acrostichoides   FAMILY: Athyriaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Deparia acrostichoides   FAMILY: Dryopteridaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Athyrium thelypterioides 011-01-002   FAMILY: Aspidiaceae

 

Look for it in moist forests, cove forests

Common in Mountains, uncommon in Piedmont, rare in Coastal Plain

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Glade Fern
Weakley's Flora: (5/21/15) Homalosorus pycnocarpos   FAMILY: Diplaziopsidaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Diplazium pycnocarpon   FAMILY: Dryopteridaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Athyrium pycnocarpon 011-01-003   FAMILY: Aspidiaceae

 

Look for it in very nutrient-rich loamy or seepy forests, over calcareous sedimentary (such as limestone or dolostone) or mafic metamorphic or igneous rocks (such as greenstone or amphibolite)

Rare

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon Common Name: Japanese Painted Fern
Weakley's Flora: (10/20/20) Anisocampium niponicum   FAMILY: Athyriaceae

 

Look for it in suburban woodlands, lawns; commonly planted as an ornamental, rarely naturalizing

Waif(s)

Non-native: Japan

 


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camera icon Common Name: Japanese false spleenwort
Weakley's Flora: (5/21/15) Deparia petersenii   FAMILY: Athyriaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH (ORTHOGRAPHIC VARIANT) PLANTS National Database: Deparia petersonii   FAMILY: Dryopteridaceae

 

Look for it in swamp forests, disturbed areas

Uncommon, introduced & naturalized in the Southeast

Non-native: southeast Asia

 


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speaker icon Common Name: Rusty Cliff Fern, Rusty Woodsia
Weakley's Flora: (5/21/15) Woodsia ilvensis   FAMILY: Woodsiaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Woodsia ilvensis   FAMILY: Dryopteridaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Woodsia ilvensis 011-02-001   FAMILY: Aspidiaceae

 

Look for it on cliffs of amphibolite, greenstone, other rocks

Rare

Native to North Carolina

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Appalachian Woodsia, Appalachian Cliff Fern, Mountain Woodsia
Weakley's Flora: (5/21/15) Woodsia appalachiana   FAMILY: Woodsiaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Woodsia appalachiana   FAMILY: Dryopteridaceae
INCLUDED WITHIN Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Woodsia scopulina 011-02-002   FAMILY: Aspidiaceae

 

Look for it on cliffs of sandstone, shale, granite, granitic gneiss, and hornblende gneiss

Rare, endemic to the Southern & Central Appalachians

Native to North Carolina & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Blunt-lobed Cliff Fern, Common Woodsia
Weakley's Flora: (5/21/15) Woodsia obtusa ssp. obtusa   FAMILY: Woodsiaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Woodsia obtusa ssp. obtusa   FAMILY: Dryopteridaceae
INCLUDED WITHIN Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Woodsia obtusa 011-02-003   FAMILY: Aspidiaceae

 

Look for it on rock outcrops of various sorts, moist talus, terrestrial near rock outcrops

Common (rare in Coastal Plain)

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Lowland Bladder Fern, Spreading Bladder Fern
Weakley's Flora: (5/21/15) Cystopteris protrusa   FAMILY: Cystopteridaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Cystopteris protrusa   FAMILY: Dryopteridaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Cystopteris protrusa 011-03-001   FAMILY: Aspidiaceae

 

Look for it in rich woods or on moss- and soil-covered talus in boulderfields, occasionally on ledges of rock outcrops

Common in Mountains, rare in Piedmont & Coastal Plain

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Bulblet Bladder Fern, Bulblet Fern
Weakley's Flora: (5/21/15) Cystopteris bulbifera   FAMILY: Cystopteridaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Cystopteris bulbifera   FAMILY: Dryopteridaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Cystopteris bulbifera 011-03-002   FAMILY: Aspidiaceae

 

Look for it on moist outcrops and talus of calcareous rocks, rarely up to 1500m in elevation

Uncommon in Mountains, rare in Piedmont (rare in SC)

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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Common Name: Tennessee Bladder Fern
Weakley's Flora: (5/21/15) Cystopteris tennesseensis   FAMILY: Cystopteridaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Cystopteris tennesseensis   FAMILY: Dryopteridaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Cystopteris tennesseensis 011-03-003   FAMILY: Aspidiaceae

 

Look for it on moist to dry outcrops of calcareous rocks, including coquina limestone ("marl") in the outer Coastal Plain

Rare

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Fragile Fern, Brittle Fern, Brittle Bladder Fern
Weakley's Flora: (10/20/20) Cystopteris fragilis   FAMILY: Cystopteridaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Cystopteris fragilis   FAMILY: Dryopteridaceae

 

Look for it on cliffs, ascending in our area to 1650m

Rare

Native to North Carolina

 


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camera icon Common Name: Mackay's Bladder Fern, Mackay's Fragile Fern, Upland Bladder Fern
Weakley's Flora: (10/20/20) Cystopteris tenuis   FAMILY: Cystopteridaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Cystopteris tenuis   FAMILY: Dryopteridaceae

 

Look for it on moist outcrops and cliffs of metamorphic and sedimentary rocks, occasionally in moist soils near rock outcrops or moist soil banks

Uncommon

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Marginal Wood-fern, Marginal Shield Fern
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Dryopteris marginalis   FAMILY: Dryopteridaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Dryopteris marginalis   FAMILY: Dryopteridaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Dryopteris marginalis 011-04-001   FAMILY: Aspidiaceae

 

Look for it in rock outcrops, boulderfield forests, other rocky forests

Common in Mountains, uncommon in Piedmont, rare in Coastal Plain

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Evergreen Wood-fern, Fancy Fern, Intermediate Wood-fern
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Dryopteris intermedia   FAMILY: Dryopteridaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Dryopteris intermedia   FAMILY: Dryopteridaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Dryopteris intermedia 011-04-002   FAMILY: Aspidiaceae

 

Look for it in cove forests, other moist rocky forests, over a variety of substrates

Common in Mountains, uncommon in Piedmont, rare in Coastal Plain

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Spinulose Wood-fern, Toothed Wood-fern
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Dryopteris carthusiana   FAMILY: Dryopteridaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Dryopteris carthusiana   FAMILY: Dryopteridaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Dryopteris spinulosa 011-04-003   FAMILY: Aspidiaceae

 

Look for it in acidic, organic-rich bogs, swamps, less frequently in most rocky ravines, rich forests, and sloping rock outcrops

Rare

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Mountain Wood-fern
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Dryopteris campyloptera   FAMILY: Dryopteridaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Dryopteris campyloptera   FAMILY: Dryopteridaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Dryopteris campyloptera 011-04-004   FAMILY: Aspidiaceae

 

Look for it in spruce-fir forests, northern hardwood forests

Uncommon

Native to North Carolina

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Crested Wood-fern, Crested Shield Fern
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Dryopteris cristata   FAMILY: Dryopteridaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Dryopteris cristata   FAMILY: Dryopteridaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Dryopteris cristata 011-04-005   FAMILY: Aspidiaceae

 

Look for it in bogs, swamp forests

Uncommon in NC Mountains, rare elsewhere in GA-NC-SC

Native to North Carolina & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Southern Wood-fern, Southern Shield Fern
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Dryopteris ludoviciana   FAMILY: Dryopteridaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Dryopteris ludoviciana   FAMILY: Dryopteridaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Dryopteris ludoviciana 011-04-006   FAMILY: Aspidiaceae

 

Look for it in blackwater swamp forests

Uncommon in GA & SC, rare in NC, endemic to Southeastern Coastal Plain

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Log Fern
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Dryopteris celsa   FAMILY: Dryopteridaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Dryopteris celsa   FAMILY: Dryopteridaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Dryopteris celsa 011-04-007   FAMILY: Aspidiaceae

 

Look for it in swamps, seepage bogs, and calcareus floodplains, typically associated with calcareous substrates

Rare

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Goldie's Wood-fern
Weakley's Flora: (6/30/18) Dryopteris goldieana   FAMILY: Dryopteridaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Dryopteris goldiana   FAMILY: Dryopteridaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Dryopteris goldiana 011-04-008   FAMILY: Aspidiaceae

 

Look for it in boulderfield forests, rich cove forests, seepage swamps, esp over calcareous sedimentary or mafic metamorphic or igneous rocks

Uncommon

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon Common Name: Autumn Fern, Japanese Red Shieldfern, Japanese Shieldfern
Weakley's Flora: (10/20/20) Dryopteris erythrosora   FAMILY: Dryopteridaceae

 

Look for it in suburban woodlands, especially in ravines and along creeks

Uncommon in GA Piedmont, rare elsewhere

Non-native: Japan, China & Korea

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Christmas Fern
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Polystichum acrostichoides   FAMILY: Dryopteridaceae
INCLUDING PLANTS National Database: Polystichum acrostichoides var. acrostichoides   FAMILY: Dryopteridaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Polystichum acrostichoides 011-05-001   FAMILY: Aspidiaceae

 

Look for it in moist to dry forests & woodlands, esp slopes, ravines, and small stream bottomlands

Common

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon Common Name: Japanese Holly-fern, Asian Net-veined Holly Fern
Weakley's Flora: (10/20/20) Cyrtomium falcatum   FAMILY: Dryopteridaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Cyrtomium falcatum   FAMILY: Dryopteridaceae

 

Look for it in ditches, disturbed swamps, moist ravines, old mortar of brick walls

Rare

Non-native: east Asia

 


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camera icon Common Name: Fortune's Holly-fern, Fortune's Net-veined Holly Fern
Weakley's Flora: (6/30/18) Cyrtomium fortunei   FAMILY: Dryopteridaceae
INCLUDED WITHIN PLANTS National Database: Cyrtomium fortunei   FAMILY: Dryopteridaceae

 

Look for it on roadside banks, rock outcrops, old mortar of brick walls

Rare

Non-native: southeast China

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Sensitive Fern, Bead Fern
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Onoclea sensibilis var. sensibilis   FAMILY: Onocleaceae
INCLUDED WITHIN PLANTS National Database: Onoclea sensibilis   FAMILY: Dryopteridaceae
INCLUDED WITHIN Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Onoclea sensibilis 011-07-001   FAMILY: Aspidiaceae

 

Look for it in marshes, swamps, wet disturbed places

Common

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon Common Name: Narrow Sword Fern, Tuber Sword Fern, Fishbone Fern, Ladder Fern
Weakley's Flora: (5/21/15) Nephrolepis cordifolia   FAMILY: Nephrolepidaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Nephrolepis cordifolia   FAMILY: Dryopteridaceae

 

Look for it in moist places

Rare

Non-native, original distribution obscure

 


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