Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


4214

Fern/Fern ally
Perennial

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

Rare

Look for it on granitic outcrops and boulders, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Evergreen
Pinnate-pinnatifid, with 30-60 pairs of pinnae

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):
Astrolepis sinuata ssp. sinuata   FAMILY Pteridaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Astrolepis sinuata ssp. sinuata   FAMILY Pteridaceae

LESS THAN Cheilanthes sinuata

SYNONYMOUS WITH Pellaea sp.

 

COMMON NAME:
Wavy Cloak Fern, Wavy Scaly Cloak Fern


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image of Astrolepis sinuata ssp. sinuata

Ed Pivorun    ebp_astrolepis_sinuata

December    Pickens County    SC

Jocassee Gorges

Some consider Astrolepis to be the most sun-tolerant of the xerophytic ferns, per The Ferns and Lycophytes of Texas.

image of Astrolepis sinuata ssp. sinuata

Ed Pivorun    ebp_astrolepis_sinuata2

December    Pickens County    SC

Jocassee Gorges

Pinnae alternate, oblong with short petioles, cut 1/3 to 1/2 way to midvein, per Field Guide to the Ferns and Other Pteridophytes of Georgia.

image of Astrolepis sinuata ssp. sinuata

Ed Pivorun    ebp_astrolepis_sinuata2b

December    Pickens County    SC

Jocassee Gorges

Longest pinnae 7-35mm long, deeply symmetrically lobed with 6-14 lobes, per The Ferns and Lycophytes of Texas.

image of Astrolepis sinuata ssp. sinuata

Ed Pivorun    ebp_astrolepis_sinuata3

December    Pickens County    SC

Jocassee Gorges

Lower surface covered w hairy scales. Sori continuous along reflexed margin, per Field Guide to the Ferns and Other Pteridophytes of Georgia.

image of Astrolepis sinuata ssp. sinuata

Ed Pivorun    ebp_astrolepis_sinuata7

December    Pickens County    SC

Jocassee Gorges

image of Astrolepis sinuata ssp. sinuata

Ed Pivorun    ebp_astrolepis_sinuata7b

December    Pickens County    SC

Jocassee Gorges