OF THE CAROLINAS & GEORGIA

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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (10/20/20):
Pellaea atropurpurea   FAMILY Pteridaceae   NEW! Click to go to FSUS key


SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Pellaea atropurpurea   FAMILY Pteridaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America
Pellaea atropurpurea

SYNONYMOUS WITH The global flora: a practical guide to vascular plant species of the world (Christenhusz, Fay, & Byng, 2018)
Hemionitis atropurpurea

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 010-04-001:
Pellaea atropurpurea   FAMILY Pteridaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Pellaea atropurpurea

 

COMMON NAME:
Purple Cliffbrake


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image of Pellaea atropurpurea, Purple Cliffbrake

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, Purple Cliffbrake

JK Marlow    jkm090404_311

April    Walker County    GA

Pigeon Mountain

image of Pellaea atropurpurea, Purple Cliffbrake

JK Marlow    jkm140418_287

April    Sevier County    TN

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

image of Pellaea atropurpurea, Purple Cliffbrake

JK Marlow    jkm150424_655

April    Blount 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, Purple Cliffbrake

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_p_atropurpurea_5

June        

 

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (10/20/20):
Pellaea atropurpurea   FAMILY Pteridaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Pellaea atropurpurea   FAMILY Pteridaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America
Pellaea atropurpurea

SYNONYMOUS WITH The global flora: a practical guide to vascular plant species of the world (Christenhusz, Fay, & Byng, 2018)
Hemionitis atropurpurea

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 010-04-001:
Pellaea atropurpurea   FAMILY Pteridaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Pellaea atropurpurea

 

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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

Habitat: Outcrops of limestone and other rocks (usually either calcareous, subcalcareous, or mafic), rarely on masonry walls (Wieboldt 1995), per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Evergreen
2-pinnate at base, 1-pinnate at apex

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer/Fall

 

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