OF THE CAROLINAS & GEORGIA

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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA OF THE SOUTHEASTERN US (4/24/22):
Sitobolium punctilobulum   FAMILY Dennstaedtiaceae   Go to FSUS key


SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Dennstaedtia punctilobula   FAMILY Dennstaedtiaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America
Dennstaedtia punctilobula

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 010-02-001:
Dennstaedtia punctilobula   FAMILY Pteridaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Ferns of the Southeastern States (Small, 1938)
Dennstaedtia punctilobula

 

COMMON NAME:
Hay-scented Fern, Pasture Fern, Boulder Fern


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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_depu2_001_lvd

        

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Emily B. Sessa    ebs_dpunctilobata_9418

May        

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Emily B. Sessa    ebs_dpunctilobata_9421

May        

Rachis covered with fine, light-colored hairs, per Field Guide to the Ferns and Other Pteridophytes of Georgia.

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JK Marlow    jkm150509_013

May    Dawson County    GA

Dawson Forest WMA

Called "hay-scented" because of the alfalfa-like fragrance of the fronds, per Field Guide to the Ferns and Other Pteridophytes of Georgia.

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JK Marlow    jkm150509_014

May    Dawson County    GA

Dawson Forest WMA

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JK Marlow    jkm0406i_33

June    Macon County    NC

Nantahala National Forest: Wayah Bald

Leaves yellow-green or pale-green, with whitish-gray glandular trichomes, per Weakley's Flora.

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JK Marlow    jkm120616_934

June    Greenville County    SC

Jones Gap State Park

Stipe brown or almost black at base, lighter above, covered w white hairs, per Peterson Field Guide to Ferns of Northeastern and Central North America.

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JK Marlow    jkm120616_936

June    Greenville County    SC

Jones Gap State Park

Blade widest near the bottom, bipinnate to bipinnate-pinnatifid, per Field Guide to the Ferns and Other Pteridophytes of Georgia.

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JK Marlow    jkm140607_486

June    Jackson County    NC

Whiteside Mountain

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JK Marlow    jkm140607_488

June    Jackson County    NC

Whiteside Mountain

Confusingly, "delicate ladies with hairy legs" refers to S. Ladyfern not this.

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JK Marlow    jkm140607_492

June    Jackson County    NC

Whiteside Mountain

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JK Marlow    jkm160827_035b

August    Henderson County    NC

Bearwallow Mountain

Sori marginal, in notches of pinnules, borne in cuplike indusia, per Field Guide to the Ferns and Other Pteridophytes of Georgia.

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JK Marlow    jkm210807_2474

August    Transylvania County    NC

DuPont State Forest

Fronds on long rhizomes, forming vigorous colonies in open disturbed areas, per Peterson Field Guide to Ferns of Northeastern and Central North America.

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JK Marlow    jkm210807_2589

August    Transylvania County    NC

DuPont State Forest

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JK Marlow    jkm190914_1555

September    Swain County    NC

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Blades tacky to the touch w glandular hairs covering pinnae, stipe & rachis, per Peterson Field Guide to Ferns of Northeastern and Central North America.

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JK Marlow    jkm190914_1557

September    Swain County    NC

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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Patrick D. McMillan    pdmdpunctilobula_allco

Month Unknown        

Forms large monotypic colonies in acidic woodlands in southern Appalachians. — Patrick McMillan

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Patrick D. McMillan    pdmdpunctilobula_ch1

Month Unknown        

Blades ovate-lanceolate, slightly narrowed at base, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

 

WEAKLEY'S FLORA OF THE SOUTHEASTERN US (4/24/22):
Sitobolium punctilobulum   FAMILY Dennstaedtiaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Dennstaedtia punctilobula   FAMILY Dennstaedtiaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America
Dennstaedtia punctilobula

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 010-02-001:
Dennstaedtia punctilobula   FAMILY Pteridaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Ferns of the Southeastern States (Small, 1938)
Dennstaedtia punctilobula

 

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Fern/Fern ally
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

Common in Mountains (uncommon in NC Piedmont, rare elsewhere in GA-NC-SC)

Habitat: Rocky or dry woodlands and forests, rock outcrops, pastures, clearings, roadbanks, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Deciduous
2-pinnate to 2-pinnate-pinnatifid
Leaves borne scattered (as clonal patches)

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall

 

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