Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


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Fern/Fern ally
Perennial

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

Uncommon in NC Mtns, rare in NC Piedmont & Coastal Plain

Look for it in moist outcrops of calcareous sedimentary, calcareous metamorphic, or mafic metamorphic rocks, such as limestone, dolostone, calcareous siltstone, amphibolite, mostly at low to moderate elevations, rarely to 1500m or higher, per Weakley's Flora

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shade ...Moist

LEAVES:
Evergreen
Simple - narrowly deltate to linear-lanceolate
Leaves clustered, radiating from a short erect rhizome

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer/Fall

 

TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!



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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Asplenium rhizophyllum   FAMILY Aspleniaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Asplenium rhizophyllum   FAMILY Aspleniaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 013-01-001:
Asplenium rhizophyllum   FAMILY Aspleniaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Britton & Brown Illus Flora of Northeast US & adjacent Canada (Gleason, 1952)
Camptosorus rhizophyllus

 

COMMON NAME:
Walking Fern


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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_carh8_001_lvd

        

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Ron Lance    rwl_a_rhizophyllum

February    Jackson County    NC

Big Ridge Preserve

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JK Marlow    jkm0503c_19

March    Oconee County    SC

Oconee Station/Station Cove

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Keith Bradley    kab_a_rhizophyllum_0906

March    Polk County    NC

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_a_rhizophyllum_7

March        

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Emily B. Sessa    ebs_arhizophyllum_7826

April        

Sori scattered irregularly throughout blade at vein junctures, per Peterson Field Guide to Ferns of Northeastern and Central North America.

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JK Marlow    jkm140418_338

April    Sevier County    TN

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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Sam Pratt    sbp_20140418_154638

April    Sevier County    TN

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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Emily B. Sessa    ebs_arhizophyllum_2518

July        

Blade usually heart-shaped or somewhat eared at base, per Peterson Field Guide to Ferns of Northeastern and Central North America.

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Emily B. Sessa    ebs_arhizophyllum_2521

July        

Fronds narrowly linear-deltoid with long fine tip. Tips touch ground & root, per Field Guide to the Ferns and Other Pteridophytes of Georgia.

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Emily B. Sessa    ebs_arhizophyllum_4913b

September