Monilophytes (ferns): Leptosporangiate Ferns (true ferns): Polypodiales
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Sori few, 2-4 per segment, of varying lengths following the diverging veins, per Ferns of the Smokies.
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May Rabun County GA
Chattahoochee National Forest
Small, delicate, bluish-green, slightly leathery, more drooping than erect, per Peterson Field Guide to Ferns of Northeastern and Central North America.
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July Jackson County NC
Sori few, mostly elliptical or narrow, often massing together at maturity, per Peterson Field Guide to Ferns of Northeastern and Central North America.
Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Habitat: Moist to dry outcrops of metamorphic, sedimentary, or igneous rocks, such as gneiss, schist, amphibolite, quartzite, rhyolite, sandstone, mostly at moderate to high elevations (up to over 2000 m), but in the Piedmont to as low as 150 m, per Weakley's Flora
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2-pinnate at base, pinnatifid at apex
Leaves clustered on a short-creeping rhizome
TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!
- Field Guide to the Ferns and Other Pteridophytes of Georgia p100
- Ferns of Alabama p231
- Ferns of the Smokies p65
- Peterson Field Guide to Ferns of Northeastern and Central North America p066
- Wildflowers & Plant Communities of the Southern Appalachian Mountains and Piedmont p339