Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


4375

Fern/Fern ally
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common in Coastal Plain, uncommon elsewhere

Look for it mainly in dry sandy or rocky woodlands, often locally abundant in longleaf pine sandhills and pine flatwoods, per Weakley's Flora

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partial shade ...Dry

LEAVES:
Deciduous
2-pinnate-pinnatifid to 3-pinnate
Leaves widely spaced along a creeping subterranean rhizome

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall

 

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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (2/8/20):
Pteridium pseudocaudatum   FAMILY Dennstaedtiaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Pteridium aquilinum var. pseudocaudatum   FAMILY Dennstaedtiaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 010-05-001:
Pteridium aquilinum var. pseudocaudatum   FAMILY Pteridaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Pteris latiuscula var. pseudocaudata

 

COMMON NAME:
Southern Bracken


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image of Pteridium pseudocaudatum, Southern Bracken

Emily B. Sessa    ebspaquilinum_1752

July        

Sori covered or partially covered by the reflexed edges of the pinnules, per Peterson Field Guide to Ferns of Northeastern and Central North America.

image of Pteridium pseudocaudatum, Southern Bracken

Emily B. Sessa    ebspaquilinum_1754

July        

Sori form infrequently in narrow lines near margins of pinnules, per Peterson Field Guide to Ferns of Northeastern and Central North America.