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
1-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, Wavy Cloak Fern, Wavy Scaly Cloak Fern

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, Wavy Cloak Fern, Wavy Scaly Cloak Fern

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, Wavy Cloak Fern, Wavy Scaly Cloak Fern

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, Wavy Cloak Fern, Wavy Scaly Cloak Fern

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, Wavy Cloak Fern, Wavy Scaly Cloak Fern

Ed Pivorun    ebp_astrolepis_sinuata7

December    Pickens County    SC

Jocassee Gorges

image of Astrolepis sinuata ssp. sinuata, Wavy Cloak Fern, Wavy Scaly Cloak Fern

Ed Pivorun    ebp_astrolepis_sinuata7b

December    Pickens County    SC

Jocassee Gorges