OF THE CAROLINAS & GEORGIA

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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA OF THE SOUTHEASTERN US (2/8/20):
Christella dentata   FAMILY Thelypteridaceae   Go to FSUS key


SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Thelypteris dentata   FAMILY Thelypteridaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of China
Cyclosorus dentatus

INCLUDING Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Thelypteris dentata

INCLUDING Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Thelypteris reducta

 

COMMON NAME:
Downy Maiden Fern, Soft Fern, Downy Shield Fern


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image of Christella dentata, Downy Maiden Fern, Soft Fern, Downy Shield Fern

Keith Bradley    kab_t_dentata_73512

March    Collier County    FL

Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park

Fronds 40-100cm long; tufted. Blades lanceolate with a long, tapering tip, per Field Guide to the Ferns and Other Pteridophytes of Georgia.

image of Christella dentata, Downy Maiden Fern, Soft Fern, Downy Shield Fern

Keith Bradley    kab_t_dentata_73518

March    Collier County    FL

Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park

Pinnae shallowly cut into broad blunt lobes. Short hairs above and below, per Field Guide to the Ferns and Other Pteridophytes of Georgia.

image of Christella dentata, Downy Maiden Fern, Soft Fern, Downy Shield Fern

Keith Bradley    kab_t_dentata_73539

March    Collier County    FL

Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park

Rather recently introduced to the New World, per Field Guide to the Ferns and Other Pteridophytes of Georgia.

 

WEAKLEY'S FLORA OF THE SOUTHEASTERN US (2/8/20):
Christella dentata   FAMILY Thelypteridaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Thelypteris dentata   FAMILY Thelypteridaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of China
Cyclosorus dentatus

INCLUDING Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Thelypteris dentata

INCLUDING Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Thelypteris reducta

 

Find by SCIENTIFIC NAME:

4087

Fern/Fern ally
Perennial

Non-native: tropical & subtropical Asia & Africa

Rare

Habitat: Moist forests, hammocks, streambanks, swamps, disturbed areas, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Evergreen
1-pinnate-pinnatifid (somewhat dimorphic)

RHIZOMES? STOLONS?
Rhizomes short-creeping

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall

 

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