Dig deeper at SERNEC, a consortium of southeastern herbaria.
Read random thoughts and musings about Bracken from George Ellison and the Southern Appalachian Botanical Society.
The long-known Pteridium aquilinum has been split, controversally, into two species in recent years. However, the distributions of P. latiusculum and P. pseudocaudatum are not yet resolved in NC. Read more at Vascular Plants of North Carolina.
Monilophytes (ferns): Leptosporangiate Ferns (true ferns): Polypodiales
Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Pteris latiuscula var. latiuscula
Eastern Bracken, Brake
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JK Marlow jkm0205cb_10a
May Greenville County SC
Blade broadly triangular, divided into 3 nearly equal parts, per Peterson Field Guide to Ferns of Northeastern and Central North America.
JK Marlow jkm120505_168
May Rabun County GA
Chattahoochee National Forest
In crosier form, 3 sections of frond uncoil like an eagle's claw opening, per Peterson Field Guide to Ferns of Northeastern and Central North America.
Emily B. Sessa ebspaquilinum_1747
Blade reflexed almost to the horizontal (parallel to ground), per Peterson Field Guide to Ferns of Northeastern and Central North America.