Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


3995

Fern/Fern ally
Perennial

Non-native, original distribution obscure

Documented growing wild in GA - -

Rare

Look for it in moist places, per Weakley's Flora

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...Moist

LEAVES:
Once-pinnate

RHIZOMES? STOLONS?
Rhizomes suberect; numerous wiry scaly stolons often with underground tubers

FRUIT:
Winter/Spring/Summer/Fall

 

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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (5/21/15):
Nephrolepis cordifolia   FAMILY Nephrolepidaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Nephrolepis cordifolia   FAMILY Dryopteridaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Nephrolepis cordifolia

 

COMMON NAME:
Narrow Sword Fern, Tuber Sword Fern, Fishbone Fern, Ladder Fern


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image of Nephrolepis cordifolia, Narrow Sword Fern, Tuber Sword Fern, Fishbone Fern, Ladder Fern

Keith Bradley    kab_n_cordifolia_74063

May    Miami-Dade County    FL

Pinnae attached 5-12mm apart, auricled at base on the side toward the leaf tip, per Weakley's Flora.

image of Nephrolepis cordifolia, Narrow Sword Fern, Tuber Sword Fern, Fishbone Fern, Ladder Fern

Keith Bradley    kab_n_cordifolia_74074

May    Miami-Dade County    FL

Bicolored scales on rachis upper surface (pale but distinctly darker at base), per Weakley's Flora.

image of Nephrolepis cordifolia, Narrow Sword Fern, Tuber Sword Fern, Fishbone Fern, Ladder Fern

Keith Bradley    kab_n_cordifolia_74085

May    Miami-Dade County    FL

Sori numerous at ends of veinlets between leaflet midvein and margin, per Identification and Biology of Non-native Plants in Florida's Natural Areas.