OF THE CAROLINAS & GEORGIA

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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (4/24/22):
Dryopteris marginalis   FAMILY Dryopteridaceae   NEW! Click to go to FSUS key


SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Dryopteris marginalis   FAMILY Dryopteridaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America
Dryopteris marginalis

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 011-04-001:
Dryopteris marginalis   FAMILY Aspidiaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Ferns of the Southeastern States (Small, 1938)
Dryopteris marginalis

 

COMMON NAME:
Marginal Woodfern, Marginal Shield Fern


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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_drma4_001_lvd

        

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JK Marlow    jkm130114_139b

January    Cherokee County    NC

Murphy River Walk

Easily IDed by untoothed margin, marginal sori, and evergreen habit, per Peterson Field Guide to Ferns of Northeastern and Central North America.

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JK Marlow    jkm130225_329

February    Cherokee County    NC

Murphy River Walk

image of Dryopteris marginalis, Marginal Woodfern, Marginal Shield Fern

Emily B. Sessa    ebsdmarginalis_8802

April        

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JK Marlow    jkm200425_4172

April    Greenville County    SC

Glassy Mountain Heritage Preserve

image of Dryopteris marginalis, Marginal Woodfern, Marginal Shield Fern

JK Marlow    jkm200425_4173

April    Greenville County    SC

Glassy Mountain Heritage Preserve

image of Dryopteris marginalis, Marginal Woodfern, Marginal Shield Fern

JK Marlow    jkm200425_4176

April    Greenville County    SC

Glassy Mountain Heritage Preserve

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Emily B. Sessa    ebsdmarginalis_9401

May        

Grows in scattered individual clumps among roots and rocks, per Peterson Field Guide to Ferns of Northeastern and Central North America.

image of Dryopteris marginalis, Marginal Woodfern, Marginal Shield Fern

Emily B. Sessa    ebsdmarginalis_0133

June        

Sori marginal, per Field Guide to the Ferns and Other Pteridophytes of Georgia.

image of Dryopteris marginalis, Marginal Woodfern, Marginal Shield Fern

Emily B. Sessa    ebsdmarginalis_0139

June        

Indusia peltate, kidney-shaped, prominent, per Field Guide to the Ferns and Other Pteridophytes of Georgia.

image of Dryopteris marginalis, Marginal Woodfern, Marginal Shield Fern

Emily B. Sessa    ebsdmarginalis_0149

June        

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Emily B. Sessa    ebsdmarginalis_0156

June        

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Emily B. Sessa    ebsdmarginalis_0201

June        

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Emily B. Sessa    ebsdmarginalis_0204

June        

Stipe has many pale brown scales, especially at base, per Field Guide to the Ferns and Other Pteridophytes of Georgia.

image of Dryopteris marginalis, Marginal Woodfern, Marginal Shield Fern

JK Marlow    jkm100617_036

June    Cherokee County    NC

image of Dryopteris marginalis, Marginal Woodfern, Marginal Shield Fern

JK Marlow    jkm170818_688

August    Jackson County    NC

Big Ridge Preserve

Round sori with smooth reniform indusia are close to the leaf margins, per Ferns of the Smokies.

image of Dryopteris marginalis, Marginal Woodfern, Marginal Shield Fern

JK Marlow    jkm170818_691

August    Jackson County    NC

Big Ridge Preserve

image of Dryopteris marginalis, Marginal Woodfern, Marginal Shield Fern

JK Marlow    jkm151009_429

October    Pickens County    SC

Glassy Mountain Heritage Preserve

image of Dryopteris marginalis, Marginal Woodfern, Marginal Shield Fern

JK Marlow    jkm151009_430

October    Pickens County    SC

Glassy Mountain Heritage Preserve

Inner lower pinnule usually longer than adjacent ones on same side of costa, per Peterson Field Guide to Ferns of Northeastern and Central North America.

image of Dryopteris marginalis, Marginal Woodfern, Marginal Shield Fern

JK Marlow    jkm151009_433

October    Pickens County    SC

Glassy Mountain Heritage Preserve

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JK Marlow    jkm151009_436

October    Pickens County    SC

Glassy Mountain Heritage Preserve

In Dryopteris the rachis groove is open to receive rachillae grooves, per Flora of Taiwan.

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JK Marlow    jkm0511d_04

November    Haywood County    NC

Corneille Bryan Native Garden

Sori near the margins; prominent; dark brown when ripe, per Peterson Field Guide to Ferns of Northeastern and Central North America.

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Patrick D. McMillan    pdmdmarginalis_wadc

Month Unknown    Pickens County    SC

Jocassee Gorges

Blade oblong, ascending and arching, leathery and evergreen, per Peterson Field Guide to Ferns of Northeastern and Central North America.

 

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (4/24/22):
Dryopteris marginalis   FAMILY Dryopteridaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Dryopteris marginalis   FAMILY Dryopteridaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America
Dryopteris marginalis

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 011-04-001:
Dryopteris marginalis   FAMILY Aspidiaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Ferns of the Southeastern States (Small, 1938)
Dryopteris marginalis

 

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496

Fern/Fern ally
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

Common in Mountains, uncommon to rare elsewhere in GA-NC-SC

Habitat: rock outcrops, boulderfield forests, other rocky forests, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Evergreen
2-pinnate to 2-pinnate-pinnatifid
Leaves in a crown around a ring of buds

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall

 

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