Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


2064

Fern/Fern ally
Perennial

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

Common in NC Mountains, uncommon in GA-SC, rare in Piedmont

Look for it on moist rocks at low to high elevations, esp in ravines, on north-facing outcrops, and in other moist sites, per Weakley's Flora

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...Moist

LEAVES:
Evergreen
Pinnatifid
Leaves in linear rows on widely spreading and creeping rhizome

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall

 

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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Polypodium appalachianum   FAMILY Polypodiaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Polypodium appalachianum   FAMILY Polypodiaceae

LESS THAN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 014-01-001?:
Polypodium virginianum   FAMILY Polypodiaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Appalachian Rockcap Fern, Appalachian Polypody


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Emily B. Sessa    ebspappalachianum_8046

April        

Sori circular when immature, per Flora of North America.

image of Polypodium appalachianum

Emily B. Sessa    ebspappalachianum_8065

April        

Sori midway between margin and midrib to nearly marginal, per Flora of North America.

image of Polypodium appalachianum

Emily B. Sessa    ebspappalachianum_8072

April        

image of Polypodium appalachianum

Emily B. Sessa    ebspappalachianum_8075

April        

image of Polypodium appalachianum

Emily B. Sessa    ebspappalachianum_8084

April        

image of Polypodium appalachianum

Emily B. Sessa    ebspappalachianum_8085

April        

image of Polypodium appalachianum

Emily B. Sessa    ebspappalachianum_8514

April        

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JK Marlow    jkm060429_106

April    Macon County    NC

Nantahala National Forest: Wayah Ranger District

Nearly restricted to the Appalachian Mountains, per Weakley's Flora.

image of Polypodium appalachianum

JK Marlow    jkm060429_109

April    Macon County    NC

Nantahala National Forest: Wayah Ranger District

It is one parent of P. virginianum, per Weakley's Flora.

image of Polypodium appalachianum

JK Marlow    jkm140417_035

April    Sevier County    TN

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

image of Polypodium appalachianum

JK Marlow    jkm150424_788

April    Blount County    TN

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Lobes with narrowed tips [vs. lobes with blunt tips in P. virginianum], per Peterson Field Guide to Ferns of Northeastern and Central North America.

image of Polypodium appalachianum

JK Marlow    jkm150424_789

April    Blount County    TN

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Blades widest near base [vs. evenly wide in P. virginianum], per Peterson Field Guide to Ferns of Northeastern and Central North America.

image of Polypodium appalachianum

Emily B. Sessa    ebspappalachianum_2532

July        

P. appalachianum & P. virginianum somewhat cryptic, and field id problematic, per Weakley's Flora.