Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1504

Fern/Fern ally
Perennial

Native to the Coastal Plain of SC & GA (naturalized elsewhere in GA-NC-SC)
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Rare

Look for it on coquina limestone (marl) outcrops, calcareous bluffs & sinkhole slopes, also adventive on and around coquina limestone (marl) riprap around small bridges and ditches and in suburban forests, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun partial shade shade ...Moist

LEAVES:
Evergreen
Pinnate-pinnatifid
Leaves in two short rows on a short-creeping rhizome

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer

 

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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (5/21/15):
Christella species 1 (=kunthii)   FAMILY Thelypteridaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Thelypteris kunthii   FAMILY Thelypteridaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 011-06-004:
Thelypteris kunthii   FAMILY Aspidiaceae

LESS THAN Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Christella normalis

 

COMMON NAME:
Kunth's Maiden Fern, Southern Shield Fern, Southern Wood Fern


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image of Christella species 1 (=kunthii)

Keith Bradley    kab_t_kunthii_72799

March    Miami-Dade County    FL

Blade lanceolate, pinnae long-oblong, both with long tapering tips, per Field Guide to the Ferns and Other Pteridophytes of Georgia.

image of Christella species 1 (=kunthii)

Will Stuart    wil_4819342939_9ae5c20bf6

July    Mecklenburg County    NC

In cultivation

Veins and midveins very long-hairy beneath. Indusia peltate, kidney-shaped, per Field Guide to the Ferns and Other Pteridophytes of Georgia.

image of Christella species 1 (=kunthii)

Will Stuart    wil_4819988454_47a3eb2f92

July    Mecklenburg County    NC

In cultivation

Sori medial. Indusia peltate, kidney-shaped, hairy, per Field Guide to the Ferns and Other Pteridophytes of Georgia.

image of Christella species 1 (=kunthii)

Will Stuart    wil_4819994498_5dce3ab382

July    Mecklenburg County    NC

In cultivation