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

Common

Look for it in moist forests, per Weakley's Flora

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partial shade shade ...Wet ...Moist

LEAVES:
Deciduous
Bipinnate-pinnatifid
Leaves clustered behind tip of short-creeping rhizome

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer/Fall

 

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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (5/21/15):
Athyrium asplenioides   FAMILY Athyriaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Athyrium filix-femina ssp. asplenioides   FAMILY Dryopteridaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 011-01-001:
Athyrium asplenioides   FAMILY Aspidiaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America
Athyrium filix-femina var. asplenioides

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Athyrium asplenioides

 

COMMON NAME:
Southern Lady Fern


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JK Marlow    jkm0505k_32

May    Haywood County    NC

Corneille Bryan Native Garden

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JK Marlow    jkm080505_018

May    Spartanburg County    SC

Chinquapin Greenway

Pinnules deep-cut and toothed, blunt-tipped, per Field Guide to the Ferns and Other Pteridophytes of Georgia.

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Tim Spira    tps_aasplenoides1

June        

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JK Marlow    jkm160702_008

July    Jackson County    NC

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JK Marlow    jkm160702_008b

July    Jackson County    NC

Sori elongate along veins, straight to hooked or curved, per The Ferns and Lycophytes of Texas.

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JK Marlow    jkm160702_010b

July    Jackson County    NC

Indusia attached along one side of sori, the attachment as long as the sori, per The Ferns and Lycophytes of Texas.

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JK Marlow    jkm160723_008b

July    Spartanburg County    SC

Chinquapin Greenway

Numerous sori, in two rows midway between midvein and margin, per Field Guide to the Ferns and Other Pteridophytes of Georgia.

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JK Marlow    jkm120830_273

August    Henderson County    NC

Holmes Educational Forest

"Delicate ladies with hairy legs" refers to the scales on the stipe, per Peterson Field Guide to Ferns of Northeastern and Central North America.

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JK Marlow    jkm150822_836

August    Oconee County    SC

Brasstown Creek Heritage Preserve

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JK Marlow    jkm151030_619

October    Greenville County    SC

Blue Wall Preserve

Costal grooves continuous with the rachis groove, per Weakley's Flora.

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JK Marlow    s071022_abc

October    Greenville County    SC

Creekside/Riverside

Petioles as long as blade, reddish or light green. Blade widest @ 2nd pinna, per Ferns of the Smokies.

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JK Marlow    s071022_d

October    Greenville County    SC

Creekside/Riverside

Pinnules become shorter toward the rachis, per Ferns of the Smokies.