OF THE CAROLINAS & GEORGIA

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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA OF THE SOUTHEASTERN US (4/24/22):
Pteris vittata   FAMILY Pteridaceae   Go to FSUS key


SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Pteris vittata   FAMILY Pteridaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America
Pteris vittata

SYNONYMOUS WITH The Ferns and Lycophytes of Texas (Diggs & Lipscomb, 2014)
Pteris vittata

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 010-06-002:
Pteris vittata   FAMILY Pteridaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Ferns of the Southeastern States (Small, 1938)
Pycnodoria vittata

 

COMMON NAME:
Ladder Brake, Chinese Brake Fern


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image of Pteris vittata, Ladder Brake, Chinese Brake Fern

Keith Bradley    kab_pteris_vittata_04147

June    Miami-Dade County    FL

image of Pteris vittata, Ladder Brake, Chinese Brake Fern

Keith Bradley    kab_pteris_vittata_04147b

June    Miami-Dade County    FL

Sori near margins of fertile pinnae, the margins reflexed over the sori, per The Ferns and Lycophytes of Texas.

image of Pteris vittata, Ladder Brake, Chinese Brake Fern

Celeste Ray    cra_p_vittata1

October    Richmond County    GA

Augusta University Summerville Campus

Distal pinnae conspicuously longer than proximal pinnae, the terminal pinna typically longest, per The Ferns and Lycophytes of Texas.

image of Pteris vittata, Ladder Brake, Chinese Brake Fern

Celeste Ray    cra_p_vittata2

October    Richmond County    GA

Augusta University Summerville Campus

Frond bases are brown and covered with the same hair-like scales as rhizomes, per New Invaders of the Southeast.

image of Pteris vittata, Ladder Brake, Chinese Brake Fern

Celeste Ray    cra_p_vittata3

October    Richmond County    GA

Augusta University Summerville Campus

Leaflets have a prominent midrib on the lower surface, per New Invaders of the Southeast.

image of Pteris vittata, Ladder Brake, Chinese Brake Fern

Celeste Ray    cra_p_vittata4

October    Richmond County    GA

Augusta University Summerville Campus

 

WEAKLEY'S FLORA OF THE SOUTHEASTERN US (4/24/22):
Pteris vittata   FAMILY Pteridaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Pteris vittata   FAMILY Pteridaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America
Pteris vittata

SYNONYMOUS WITH The Ferns and Lycophytes of Texas (Diggs & Lipscomb, 2014)
Pteris vittata

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 010-06-002:
Pteris vittata   FAMILY Pteridaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Ferns of the Southeastern States (Small, 1938)
Pycnodoria vittata

 

Find by SCIENTIFIC NAME:

4118

Fern/Fern ally
Perennial

Non-native: east Asia

Rare

Habitat: Old walls with lime mortar, per Weakley's Flora

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Invasive?

This plant may be causing problems in natural areas outside its native range, according to authorities such as:

 

LEAVES:
Deciduous
1-pinnate
Leaves clustered

RHIZOMES? STOLONS?
Rhizome stout, about 1cm in diameter

FRUIT:

 

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