Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


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Fern/Fern ally
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common in Mountains, uncommon in Piedmont, rare in Coastal Plain

Look for it in rocky or dry woodlands and forests, rock outcrops, pastures, clearings, roadbanks, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun partial shade shade ...Moist ...Variable ...Dry

LEAVES:
Deciduous
Bipinnate to bipinnate-pinnatifid
Leaves borne scattered (as clonal patches)

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall

 

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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Dennstaedtia punctilobula   FAMILY Dennstaedtiaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Dennstaedtia punctilobula   FAMILY Dennstaedtiaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 010-02-001:
Dennstaedtia punctilobula   FAMILY Pteridaceae

 

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_9242

May        

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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Emily B. Sessa    ebs_dpunctilobata_9243

May        

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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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

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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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Tim Spira    tps_dpunctilobula

June        

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    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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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.