Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


4087

Fern/Fern ally
Perennial

Non-native: tropical & subtropical Asia & Africa
Documented growing wild in GA - SC

Rare

Look for it in disturbed areas, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Evergreen
Pinnate-pinnatifid (somewhat dimorphic)

RHIZOMES? STOLONS?
Rhizomes short-creeping

FRUIT:
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):
Christella dentata   FAMILY Thelypteridaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Thelypteris dentata   FAMILY Thelypteridaceae

GREATER THAN Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Thelypteris dentata

SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of China
Cyclosorus dentatus

 

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


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image of Christella dentata

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

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

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.