Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1040

Fern/Fern ally
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

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

Look for it on outcrops of limestone and other rocks (usually either calcareous or mafic), rarely on masonry walls, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Evergreen
Bipinnate-pinnate to tripinnate

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer/Fall

 

TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!



Monilophytes (ferns): Leptosporangiate Ferns (true ferns): Polypodiales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (5/21/15):
Pellaea atropurpurea   FAMILY Pteridaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Pellaea atropurpurea   FAMILY Pteridaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 010-04-001:
Pellaea atropurpurea   FAMILY Pteridaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Pellaea atropurpurea

SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America
Pellaea atropurpurea

 

COMMON NAME:
Purple Cliffbrake


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JK Marlow    jkm090404_211

April    Walker County    GA

Pigeon Mountain

Blade leathery with mostly opposite pinnae: upper undivided, lower divided, per Peterson Field Guide to Ferns of Northeastern and Central North America.

image of Pellaea atropurpurea

JK Marlow    jkm090404_311

April    Walker County    GA

Pigeon Mountain

image of Pellaea atropurpurea

JK Marlow    jkm140418_287

April    Sevier County    TN

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Margins of fertile pinnae inrolled, sori borne beneath. No true indusium, per Peterson Field Guide to Ferns of Northeastern and Central North America.

image of Pellaea atropurpurea

JK Marlow    jkm150424_655

April    Blount County    TN

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

image of Pellaea atropurpurea

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_p_atropurpurea_5

June