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 13 taxa in the family Pteridaceae, Maidenhair Fern family, as understood by Weakley's Flora.

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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Northern Maidenhair Fern
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Adiantum pedatum   FAMILY: Pteridaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Adiantum pedatum   FAMILY: Pteridaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Adiantum pedatum 010-01-001   FAMILY: Pteridaceae

 

Look for it in moist forests & cliffs, esp over calcareous or mafic rocks, sometimes in seasonal seepage

Common (uncommon in Piedmont & Coastal Plain)

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Southern Maidenhair Fern, Venus-hair Fern
Weakley's Flora: (11/30/12) Adiantum capillus-veneris   FAMILY: Pteridaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Adiantum capillus-veneris   FAMILY: Pteridaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Adiantum capillus-veneris 010-01-002   FAMILY: Pteridaceae

 

Look for it on moist calcareous substrates, in the Coastal Plain on "marl" (coquina limestone) (NC & SC), on calcareous clay bluffs (GA), and adventive on lime mortar of old buildings and walls, in the Mountains on limestone or other calcareous sedimentary rocks

Rare

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon Common Name: Alabama Lipfern, Smooth Lipfern
Weakley's Flora: (10/20/20) Myriopteris alabamensis   FAMILY: Pteridaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Cheilanthes alabamensis   FAMILY: Pteridaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Cheilanthes alabamensis 010-03-001   FAMILY: Pteridaceae

 

Look for it on dry outcrops of limestone

Rare

Native to North Carolina & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Hairy Lipfern
Weakley's Flora: (10/20/20) Myriopteris lanosa   FAMILY: Pteridaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Cheilanthes lanosa   FAMILY: Pteridaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Cheilanthes lanosa 010-03-002   FAMILY: Pteridaceae

 

Look for it on dry outcrops of felsic or intermediate-composition metamorphic, igneous, and sedimentary rocks

Common to uncommon (rare in Coastal Plain)

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Woolly Lipfern
Weakley's Flora: (10/20/20) Myriopteris tomentosa   FAMILY: Pteridaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Cheilanthes tomentosa   FAMILY: Pteridaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Cheilanthes tomentosa 010-03-003   FAMILY: Pteridaceae

 

Look for it on dry outcrops of intermediate or calcareous metamorphic, igneous, or sedimentary rocks (including sandstone outcrops in the Coastal Plain of GA & SC)

Uncommon (rare in Coastal Plain)

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Purple Cliffbrake
Weakley's Flora: (10/20/20) Pellaea atropurpurea   FAMILY: Pteridaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Pellaea atropurpurea   FAMILY: Pteridaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Pellaea atropurpurea 010-04-001   FAMILY: Pteridaceae

 

Look for it on outcrops of limestone and other rocks (usually either calcareous, subcalcareous, or mafic), rarely on masonry walls

Common in GA Mountains, uncommon in NC Mtns, rare elsewhere in GA-NC-SC

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon Common Name: Wright's Cliffbrake
Weakley's Flora: (10/20/20) Pellaea wrightiana   FAMILY: Pteridaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Pellaea wrightiana   FAMILY: Pteridaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Pellaea wrightiana 010-04-002   FAMILY: Pteridaceae

 

Look for it on south-facing outcrops of Carolina slate, "rich" granitic rock gneiss, and other rock types

Rare

Native to sw. US, with a few, remarkable disjunct occurrences in c. NC & w. SC

 


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camera icon Common Name: Arizona Cliffbrake
Weakley's Flora: (10/20/20) Pellaea ternifolia ssp. arizonica   FAMILY: Pteridaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Pellaea ternifolia ssp. arizonica   FAMILY: Pteridaceae

 

Look for it on granitic outcrops

Rare

Native to southwestern US, with disjunct populations in SC

 


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camera icon Common Name: Wavy Cloak Fern, Wavy Scaly Cloak Fern
Weakley's Flora: (10/20/20) Astrolepis sinuata ssp. sinuata   FAMILY: Pteridaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Astrolepis sinuata ssp. sinuata   FAMILY: Pteridaceae

 

Look for it on granitic outcrops and boulders, outcrops of acidic gneiss

Rare

Native to southwestern US, with disjunct populations in GA & w. SC

 


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camera icon Common Name: Copper Fern, Hispid Bommer Fern, Hairy Bommer
Weakley's Flora: (10/20/20) Bommeria hispida   FAMILY: Pteridaceae
PLANTS National Database: Bommeria hispida   FAMILY: Pteridaceae

 

Look for it on exposed rock

Rare

Native to southwestern US, with a disjunct population in w. SC

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Spider Brake, Wall Fern, Huguenot Fern
Weakley's Flora: (5/21/15) Pteris multifida   FAMILY: Pteridaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Pteris multifida   FAMILY: Pteridaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Pteris multifida 010-06-001   FAMILY: Pteridaceae

 

Look for it on old walls with lime mortar

Rare

Non-native: Tropics

 


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camera icon Common Name: Ladder Brake
Weakley's Flora: (5/21/15) Pteris vittata   FAMILY: Pteridaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Pteris vittata   FAMILY: Pteridaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Pteris vittata 010-06-002   FAMILY: Pteridaceae

 

Look for it on old walls with lime mortar

Rare

Non-native: east Asia

 


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camera icon Common Name: Appalachian Shoestring Fern, "Appalachian gametophyte"
Weakley's Flora: (10/20/20) Vittaria appalachiana   FAMILY: Pteridaceae
(?) PLANTS National Database: Vittaria appalachiana   FAMILY: Vittariaceae
Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Vittaria - "a branching, ribbon-like gametophyte, with diffuse rhizoids and linear-shaped gemmae only one cell wide, of the genus Vittaria" 010?   FAMILY: ?

 

Look for it in shaded grottoes, undersides of overhanging rock outcrops, especially in moist gorges or on spray cliffs in the vicinity of waterfalls, usually on felsic metamorphic rocks, such as mica schist, mica gneiss, granite gneiss, or metaquartzite, or on sandstone

Uncommon in Mountains, rare elsewhere

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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