Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


2244

Fern/Fern ally
Perennial

Non-native: Asian & African tropics
Documented growing wild in GA - SC

Uncommon, but increasingly invasive in natural habitats

Look for it in disturbed areas, and to be increasingly invasive in natural habitats (esp in the southern parts of our area), per Weakley's Flora

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Invasive?

This plant may be causing problems in natural areas outside its native range, according to authorities such as:

East Central Florida CISMA
Jil M. Swearingen, NPS, 2009-2013
SC Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2014

 

LEAVES:
Evergreen in Deep South/ Deciduous as it moves north?
Bipinnate-pinnatifid

FRUIT:
Summer

 

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



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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (5/21/15):
Macrothelypteris torresiana   FAMILY Thelypteridaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Macrothelypteris torresiana   FAMILY Thelypteridaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Thelypteris torresiana

SYNONYMOUS WITH (MISAPPLIED) Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Dryopteris setigera

 

COMMON NAME:
Mariana Maiden Fern, Swordfern