Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


2920

Fern/Fern ally
Perennial

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

Uncommon in Mountains, rare in Piedmont (rare in SC)

Look for it on moist outcrops and talus of calcareous rocks, rarely up to 1500m in elevation, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Deciduous
Bipinnate-pinnatifid
Leaves clustered on a short-creeping rhizome

FRUIT:
Spring/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):
Cystopteris bulbifera   FAMILY Cystopteridaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Cystopteris bulbifera   FAMILY Dryopteridaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 011-03-002:
Cystopteris bulbifera   FAMILY Aspidiaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Cystopteris bulbifera

 

COMMON NAME:
Bulblet Bladder Fern, Bulblet Fern


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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / USDA Wetland flora: Field office illustrated guide    pnd_cybu3_007_lvd

        

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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_fibu_001_lvd

        

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JK Marlow    jkm090404_047

April    Walker County    GA

The Pocket on Pigeon Mountain

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Emily B. Sessa    ebs_cbulbifera4239

July        

Similar to C. fragilis, but blade much longer and more tapering, per Peterson Field Guide to Ferns of Northeastern and Central North America.

image of Cystopteris bulbifera

Emily B. Sessa    ebs_cbulbifera4776

September        

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Emily B. Sessa    ebs_cbulbifera4779

September        

image of Cystopteris bulbifera

Emily B. Sessa    ebs_cbulbifera4780

September        

Bulblets resembling small green peas at base of, or along costa of, pinnae, per Peterson Field Guide to Ferns of Northeastern and Central North America.

image of Cystopteris bulbifera

Emily B. Sessa    ebs_cbulbifera4780b

September        

Sori between margin and midvein of pinnule, per Peterson Field Guide to Ferns of Northeastern and Central North America.