Monilophytes (ferns): Leptosporangiate Ferns (true ferns): Salviniales
Dig deeper at SERNEC, a consortium of southeastern herbaria.
Check out EDDMapS.org to see where this has been reported.
Leaves of Marsilea mutica are strongly bicolored (pale green toward the base of each of the 4 leaflets, darker green toward the tip), vs. those of other Marsilea in our area unicolored). It is apparently spreading rapidly in VA, per Weakley's Flora (2023)
SYNONYMOUS WITH Floristic Synthesis of North America. BONAP (Kartesz, 2021)
SYNONYMOUS WITH Floristic Synthesis of North America (Kartesz, 1999)
Australian Waterclover, Nardoo
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Floristic Synthesis of North America. BONAP (Kartesz, 2021)
Floristic Synthesis of North America (Kartesz, 1999)
Fern/Fern ally; Emergent aquatic (rooted)
Habitat: Ditches, ponds, per Weakley's Flora
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This plant may be causing problems in natural areas outside its native range, according to authorities such as:
- Alabama Invasive Plant Council, 2012
- Forest Health Assessment & Applied Sciences Team: New Invaders of the Southeast
Evergreen, but dormant in cold weather? Leaves deciduous in temperate regions?
Each leaf (frond) palmately divided into 4 leaflets, resembling a 4-leaf clover
TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!
- The Ferns and Lycophytes of Texas (Diggs & Lipscomb, 2014) p172
- Ferns of Alabama (Short & Spaulding, 2012) p293
- New Invaders of the Southeast (Rawlins et al., 2018) p099
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