Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1132

Fern/Fern ally
Perennial

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

Common (rare in Coastal Plain)

Look for it on moist rocks, per Weakley's Flora

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...Moist

LEAVES:
Evergreen
Pinnatifid
Leaves in linear rows on widely spreading and creeping rhizome

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall

 

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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Polypodium virginianum   FAMILY Polypodiaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Polypodium virginianum   FAMILY Polypodiaceae

LESS THAN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 014-01-001:
Polypodium virginianum   FAMILY Polypodiaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Common Rockcap Fern, Rock Polypody


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image of Polypodium virginianum

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_povu3_001_lvd

        

image of Polypodium virginianum

JK Marlow    jkm0304g_01

April    Oconee County    SC

Sumter National Forest: Andrew Pickens Ranger District

image of Polypodium virginianum

JK Marlow    jkm0405k_16

May    Sevier County    TN

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

image of Polypodium virginianum

Emily B. Sessa    ebspvirgianum_2127

July        

image of Polypodium virginianum

Emily B. Sessa    ebspvirgianum_2242

July        

image of Polypodium virginianum

Emily B. Sessa    ebspvirgianum_2249

July        

Blade leathery, to 3" wide, widest near the middle or evenly wide, per Peterson Field Guide to Ferns of Northeastern and Central North America.

image of Polypodium virginianum

JK Marlow    jkm0307g_19

July    Greenville County    SC

Jones Gap State Park

P. appalachianum & P. virginianum somewhat cryptic, and field id problematic, per Weakley's Flora.

image of Polypodium virginianum

JK Marlow    jkm180828_4315

August    Jackson County    NC

Big Ridge Preserve

image of Polypodium virginianum

JK Marlow    jkm180828_4316

August    Jackson County    NC

Big Ridge Preserve

Leaf blade without scales on lower surface (vs. Pleopeltis densely scaly), per Weakley's Flora.

image of Polypodium virginianum

Emily B. Sessa    ebspvirgianum_4881

September        

image of Polypodium virginianum

JK Marlow    jkm150927_216

September    Henderson County    NC

Bearwallow Mountain

Lobes diminishing evenly & rapidly in size to a prominent tip at blade end, per Peterson Field Guide to Ferns of Northeastern and Central North America.

image of Polypodium virginianum

JK Marlow    jkm150927_219

September    Henderson County    NC

Bearwallow Mountain

Large, round, pale brown sori, more numerous on upper pinnae, per Peterson Field Guide to Ferns of Northeastern and Central North America.