OF THE CAROLINAS & GEORGIA

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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (4/24/22):
Onoclea sensibilis   FAMILY Onocleaceae   NEW! Click to go to FSUS key


INCLUDED WITHIN PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Onoclea sensibilis   FAMILY Dryopteridaceae

INCLUDED WITHIN Flora of North America
Onoclea sensibilis

SYNONYMOUS WITH The Ferns and Lycophytes of Texas (Diggs & Lipscomb, 2014)
Onoclea sensibilis var. sensibilis

INCLUDED WITHIN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 011-07-001:
Onoclea sensibilis   FAMILY Aspidiaceae

INCLUDED WITHIN Ferns of the Southeastern States (Small, 1938)
Onoclea sensibilis

 

COMMON NAME:
Sensitive Fern, Bead Fern


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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_onse_001_lvd

        

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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / USDA Wetland flora: Field office illustrated guide    pnd_onse_004_lvd

        

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JK Marlow    jkm120414_884

April    Pickens County    SC

Jocassee Gorges

Pinnae of fertile blade erect, 2-7cm long, per Field Guide to the Ferns and Other Pteridophytes of Georgia.

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Emily B. Sessa    ebsosensibilis_9542

May        

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Emily B. Sessa    ebsosensibilis_9546

May        

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JK Marlow    jkm0305o_21

May    Haywood County    NC

Corneille Bryan Native Garden

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JK Marlow    jkm0505k_28

May    Haywood County    NC

Corneille Bryan Native Garden

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Emily B. Sessa    ebsosensibilis_3517

June        

Pinnae have undulate to shallowly lobed margins, per Ferns of the Smokies.

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JK Marlow    jkm0506l_29

June    Union County    SC

Sumter National Forest: Tyger Ranger District

Pinnae tend to be opposite (those of Woodwardia areolata tend to be alternate), per Weakley's Flora.

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JK Marlow    jkm060619_013

June    Greenville County    SC

"Sensitive" to cold (not to touch) and withering at the first touch of frost, per Weakley's Flora (2012).


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Emily B. Sessa    ebsosensibilis_1759

July        

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JK Marlow    jkm070702_116

July    Pocahontas County    WV

Cranberry Glades Botanical Area

The rachis is winged, joining the opposite pinnae to each other , per Ferns of the Smokies.

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_o_sensibilis_se

September        

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JK Marlow    s070927_i

September    Pickens County    SC

Jocassee Gorges

Fertile leaves are much reduced, but taller, narrower, and twice-pinnate, per Ferns of the Smokies.

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JK Marlow    s070927_j

September    Pickens County    SC

Jocassee Gorges

Fertile leaves' pinna lobes tightly rolled around the sori, "beadlike", per Ferns of the Smokies.

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Patrick D. McMillan    pdmosensibilis_3

Month Unknown        

 

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (4/24/22):
Onoclea sensibilis   FAMILY Onocleaceae

INCLUDED WITHIN PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Onoclea sensibilis   FAMILY Dryopteridaceae

INCLUDED WITHIN Flora of North America
Onoclea sensibilis

SYNONYMOUS WITH The Ferns and Lycophytes of Texas (Diggs & Lipscomb, 2014)
Onoclea sensibilis var. sensibilis

INCLUDED WITHIN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 011-07-001:
Onoclea sensibilis   FAMILY Aspidiaceae

INCLUDED WITHIN Ferns of the Southeastern States (Small, 1938)
Onoclea sensibilis

 

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986

Fern/Fern ally
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

Common

Habitat: marshes, swamps, ditches, wet disturbed places, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Deciduous
Sterile blade pinnatifid/ Fertile blade 2-pinnate
Leaves irregularly spaced along a widely creeping rhizome

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer

 

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