Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


4208

Fern/Fern ally
Perennial

Native to southwestern US, with disjunct populations in NC [& newly found in SC]
Documented growing wild in - NC SC

Rare

Look for it on south-facing outcrops of Carolina slate or "rich" granitic rock with infrequent nutrient-rich seepage, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Evergreen
Bipinnate to pinnate-pinnatifid

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer/Fall

 

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):
Pellaea wrightiana   FAMILY Pteridaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Pellaea wrightiana   FAMILY Pteridaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 010-04-002:
Pellaea wrightiana   FAMILY Pteridaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America
Pellaea wrightiana

(?) Pellaea ternifolia var. wrightiana

 

COMMON NAME:
Wright's Cliffbrake


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image of Pellaea wrightiana

Dan Whitten    sdw_mysteryplant_072216

July    Pickens County    SC

Found primarily in sw or w US, w isolated disjuncts in southern Appalachians, per The Ferns and Lycophytes of Texas.

image of Pellaea wrightiana

Dan Whitten    sdw_mysteryplant_072216b

July    Pickens County    SC

image of Pellaea wrightiana

Ed Pivorun    ebp_121417_1211

December    Pickens County    SC

Jocassee Gorges

image of Pellaea wrightiana

Ed Pivorun    ebp_pellaea

December    Pickens County    SC

Jocassee Gorges

Lower blade 2-pinnate, fertile segments with recurved margins, per Flora of North America.

image of Pellaea wrightiana

Tricia Kyzer    tkz_20171203_120838_2

December    Pickens County    SC

Pinnae's segments apically mucronate, terminal one on a distinct short stalk, per The Ferns and Lycophytes of Texas.

image of Pellaea wrightiana

Tricia Kyzer    tkz_20171203_120909

December    Pickens County    SC

Pinnae usually have 3-9 leathery, glabrous, narrowly oblong, ultimate segments, per Flora of North America.

image of Pellaea wrightiana

Tricia Kyzer    tkz_20171203_180549_793

December    Pickens County    SC

Pinnae point straight out or slightly toward leaf tip, per The Ferns and Lycophytes of Texas.

image of Pellaea wrightiana

Tricia Kyzer    tkz_20171203_180549_793b

December    Pickens County    SC