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

Uncommon in GA & SC, rare in NC, endemic to Southeastern Coastal Plain

Look for it in blackwater swamp forests, per Weakley's Flora

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partial shade shade ...Wet ...Moist ...Dry

LEAVES:
Evergreen
Pinnate-pinnatifid
Leaves in a short row behind a cluster of buds

FRUIT:
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 (11/30/12):
Dryopteris ludoviciana   FAMILY Dryopteridaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Dryopteris ludoviciana   FAMILY Dryopteridaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 011-04-006:
Dryopteris ludoviciana   FAMILY Aspidiaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Southern Wood-fern, Southern Shield Fern


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image of Dryopteris ludoviciana

Emily B. Sessa    ebsdludoviciana_4686

June        

Sori round and medial, on pinnae of upper half of fertile blade only, per Field Guide to the Ferns and Other Pteridophytes of Georgia.

image of Dryopteris ludoviciana

Emily B. Sessa    ebsdludoviciana_4701

June        

image of Dryopteris ludoviciana

Emily B. Sessa    ebsdludoviciana_4703

June        

A elliptic-lanceolate blade, per Field Guide to the Ferns and Other Pteridophytes of Georgia.

image of Dryopteris ludoviciana

Emily B. Sessa    ebsdludoviciana_4715

June        

Its genome forms half of the genome of the tetraploids D. cristata & D. celsa, per Weakley's Flora.

image of Dryopteris ludoviciana

Emily B. Sessa    ebsdludoviciana_4731

June        

Rachis is grooved, per Field Guide to the Ferns and Other Pteridophytes of Georgia.