Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


2428

Fern/Fern ally
Perennial

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

Uncommon in NC Mountains, rare elsewhere in GA-NC-SC

Look for it in bogs, swamp forests, per Weakley's Flora

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...Wet

LEAVES:
Tending to be evergreen
Pinnate-pinnatifid
Leaves in a short row behind a cluster of buds

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall

 

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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Dryopteris cristata   FAMILY Dryopteridaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Dryopteris cristata   FAMILY Dryopteridaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 011-04-005:
Dryopteris cristata   FAMILY Aspidiaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Crested Wood-fern, Crested Shield Fern


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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_drcr4_001_lvd

        

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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / USDA Wetland flora: Field office illustrated guide    pnd_drcr4_002_lvd

        

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Emily B. Sessa    ebs_dcristata_0662b

June        

Pinnae cut into blunt lobes, note bristle-tipped teeth near lobe tips only, per Peterson Field Guide to Ferns of Northeastern and Central North America.

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Emily B. Sessa    ebs_dcristata_0689

June        

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

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Emily B. Sessa    ebs_dcristata_0717b

June        

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Emily B. Sessa    ebs_dcristata_0779

June        

Fertile pinnae distinctly oriented to a horizontal position, per Peterson Field Guide to Ferns of Northeastern and Central North America.

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Patrick D. McMillan    pdmdcristata_habitlvl

June    Avery County    NC

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Patrick D. McMillan    pdmdcristata_invsh

June        

A fertile allotetraploid parented by D. ludoviciana and "D. semicristata", per Weakley's Flora.

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Patrick D. McMillan    pdmdcristata_lvl2

June    Avery County    NC

Blade narrow; sides almost parallel (mid to lower pinnae the same length), per Peterson Field Guide to Ferns of Northeastern and Central North America.

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Emily B. Sessa    ebs_dcristata_1935

July        

Pinnae of fertile fronds twisted - like an open Venetian blind, per Field Guide to the Ferns and Other Pteridophytes of Georgia.