Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


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Fern/Fern ally
Perennial

Native to North Carolina
Documented growing wild in - NC -

Rare

Look for it on cliffs, ascending in our area to 1650m, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Deciduous
Bipinnate-pinnatifid ?
Leaves clustered at tip of a short-creeping rhizome

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall

 

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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (5/21/15):
Cystopteris fragilis   FAMILY Cystopteridaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Cystopteris fragilis   FAMILY Dryopteridaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Cystopteris fragilis var. fragilis

LESS THAN Flora of West Virginia (Strausbaugh & Core, 1978)
Cystopteris fragilis

 

COMMON NAME:
Fragile Fern, Brittle Fern