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

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partial shade shade ...Moist ...Dry

LEAVES:
Evergreen
Bipinnate to bipinnate-pinnatifid
Leaves in a crown around a ring 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 marginalis   FAMILY Dryopteridaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Dryopteris marginalis   FAMILY Dryopteridaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 011-04-001:
Dryopteris marginalis   FAMILY Aspidiaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Marginal Wood-fern, 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

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Emily B. Sessa    ebsdmarginalis_8802

April        

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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.

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Emily B. Sessa    ebsdmarginalis_0133

June        

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

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Emily B. Sessa    ebsdmarginalis_0139

June        

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

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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.

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JK Marlow    jkm100617_036

June    Cherokee County    NC

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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.

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JK Marlow    jkm170818_691

August    Jackson County    NC

Big Ridge Preserve

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JK Marlow    jkm151009_429

October    Pickens County    SC

Glassy Mountain Heritage Preserve

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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.

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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.