Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1133

Fern/Fern ally
Perennial

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

Common

Look for it in moist to dry forests & woodlands, esp slopes, ravines, and small stream bottomlands, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun partial shade shade ...Moist ...Dry

LEAVES:
Evergreen
Pinnate
Leaves clustered at tip of rhizome

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall

 

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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Polystichum acrostichoides   FAMILY Dryopteridaceae

GREATER THAN PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Polystichum acrostichoides var. acrostichoides   FAMILY Dryopteridaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 011-05-001:
Polystichum acrostichoides   FAMILY Aspidiaceae

GREATER THAN PLANTS National Database
Polystichum acrostichoides var. lonchitoides

 

COMMON NAME:
Christmas Fern


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Emily B. Sessa    ebspacrostichoides_2960

March        

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Emily B. Sessa    ebspacrostichoides_2980

March        

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Emily B. Sessa    ebspacrostichoides_3084

March        

Pinnae oblong-lanceolate and short-stalked, margins bristle-toothed, per Field Guide to the Ferns and Other Pteridophytes of Georgia.

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Jerry Bright    jeb_031508_071

March    Aiken County    SC

Savannah River Bluffs Heritage Preserve

Fiddleheads scaly and stout, with silvery white scales, per Peterson Field Guide to Ferns of Northeastern and Central North America.

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JK Marlow    jkm0403c_31

March    Oconee County    SC

Sumter National Forest: Andrew Pickens Ranger District

Sterile fronds and nonfertile portions of fertile fronds evergreen, per Peterson Field Guide to Ferns of Northeastern and Central North America.

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Emily B. Sessa    ebspacrostichoides_7876

April        

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Emily B. Sessa    ebspacrostichoides_7908

April        

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Emily B. Sessa    ebspacrostichoides_8525

April        

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JK Marlow    jkm080420_005

April    Sevier County    TN

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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JK Marlow    jkm150406_068

April    Greenville County    SC

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JK Marlow    jkm150406_070071

April    Greenville County    SC

Scales dense, light brown, per Peterson Field Guide to Ferns of Northeastern and Central North America.

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Mark A. Musselman    mam_christmasfern041408

April    Dorchester County    SC

Audubon Center at Francis Beidler Forest

An interesting "hug"

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Emily B. Sessa    ebspacrostichoides_9245

May        

A distinctive lobe on pinna's upper side, like the toe of a Xmas stocking, per Peterson Field Guide to Ferns of Northeastern and Central North America.

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Emily B. Sessa    ebspacrostichoides_9270

May        

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Emily B. Sessa    ebspacrostichoides_9277

May        

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Gill Newberry    gn05_sori_christmas_fern

May        

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JK Marlow    jkm160505_510

May    Jackson County    NC

Is this the only fern whose fiddlehead arches backward before fully opening???

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Tim Spira    tpspacrostichoides_s

May        

Fertile pinnae are constricted, widely spaced, and confined to leaf apex, per Ferns of the Smokies.

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JK Marlow    s000615_g

June    Greenville County    SC

Creekside/Riverside

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JK Marlow    s030628_g

June    Greenville County    SC

Creekside/Riverside

Sori nearly cover the underside of fertile pinnae, per Ferns of the Smokies.

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Tim Spira    tpspacrostichoides

Month Unknown