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

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

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

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.