Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


2364

Fern/Fern ally
Perennial

Native to North Carolina & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC -

Rare, endemic to the Southern & Central Appalachians

Look for it on cliffs of sandstone, shale, granite, granitic gneiss, and hornblende gneiss, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Deciduous
Bipinnate to bipinnate-pinnatifid
Leaves clustered from a rhizome covered by old petiole bases of various lengths

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall

 

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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (5/21/15):
Woodsia appalachiana   FAMILY Woodsiaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Woodsia appalachiana   FAMILY Dryopteridaceae

LESS THAN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 011-02-002:
Woodsia scopulina   FAMILY Aspidiaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America
Woodsia scopulina ssp. appalachiana

LESS THAN Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Woodsia scopulina

 

COMMON NAME:
Appalachian Woodsia, Appalachian Cliff Fern, Mountain Woodsia


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Patrick D. McMillan    pdmwappalachiana_ab2

May    Alleghaney County    NC

It has distinctly toothed pinna margins and many flat whitish hairs, per Peterson Field Guide to Ferns of Northeastern and Central North America.

image of Woodsia appalachiana

Patrick D. McMillan    pdmwappalachiana_ab3

May    Alleghaney County    NC

image of Woodsia appalachiana

Patrick D. McMillan    pdmwappalachiana_ab2002

Month Unknown    Alleghaney County    NC

image of Woodsia appalachiana

Patrick D. McMillan    pdmwappalachiana_ab20021

Month Unknown    Alleghaney County    NC

Blade oblong to linear, acuminate at apex and narrowed at base, per Field Guide to the Ferns and Other Pteridophytes of Georgia.