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 upland forests, woodlands, and balds, moist to rather dry, per Weakley's Flora

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

LEAVES:
Deciduous
Pinnate-pinnatifid
Leaves erect in a dense crown

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer

 

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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Osmunda claytoniana var. claytoniana   FAMILY Osmundaceae

LESS THAN PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Osmunda claytoniana   FAMILY Osmundaceae

LESS THAN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 007-01-002:
Osmunda claytoniana   FAMILY Osmundaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Interrupted Fern


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How to Know the Ferns (Parsons, 1899)    htktf_interruptedfern

        

Fertile fronds leaflike above and below, fruit-bearing in the middle, per How to Know the Ferns by Frances Theodora Parsons, 1899.

image of Osmunda claytoniana var. claytoniana

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_oscl2_001_lvd

        

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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / USDA Wetland flora: Field office illustrated guide    pnd_oscl2_004_lvd

        

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JK Marlow    jkm080421_062064

April    Haywood County    NC

Corneille Bryan Native Garden

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Emily B. Sessa    ebsoclaytonia_9176

May        

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Emily B. Sessa    ebsoclaytonia_9190

May        

Fertile pinnae in the middle of otherwise typical vegetative leaves, per Ferns of the Smokies.

image of Osmunda claytoniana var. claytoniana

Emily B. Sessa    ebsoclaytonia_9193

May        

image of Osmunda claytoniana var. claytoniana

Emily B. Sessa    ebsoclaytonia_9194

May        

image of Osmunda claytoniana var. claytoniana

Emily B. Sessa    ebsoclaytonia_9204

May        

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Emily B. Sessa    ebsoclaytonia_9259

May        

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JK Marlow    jkm0305r_12

May    Haywood County    NC

Corneille Bryan Native Garden

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JK Marlow    jkm0505i_33

May    Jackson County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

image of Osmunda claytoniana var. claytoniana

JK Marlow    jkm120505_004

May    Rabun County    GA

Chattahoochee National Forest

Lobes of vegetative leaflets rounded (vs. slightly pointed in cinnamon fern, per Ferns of the Smokies.


click here to see other plants that look similar to this COMPARE pinnae of Cinnamon and Interrupted Fern

image of Osmunda claytoniana var. claytoniana

JK Marlow    jkm120505_007

May    Rabun County    GA

Chattahoochee National Forest

Few or no hairs at base of pinna, per Peterson Field Guide to Ferns of Northeastern and Central North America.


click here to see other plants that look similar to this COMPARE armpits of Cinnamon and Interrupted Fern

image of Osmunda claytoniana var. claytoniana

JK Marlow    jkm120505_009

May    Rabun County    GA

Chattahoochee National Forest

Fronds 1-5' long. Fertile blades interrupted by 2-5 pairs of fertile pinnae, per Peterson Field Guide to Ferns of Northeastern and Central North America.

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JK Marlow    jkm120505_327

May    Rabun County    GA

Chattahoochee National Forest

The collar at the base of the pinna is not fuzzy like Cinnamon Fern's is, per Ferns of the Smokies.

image of Osmunda claytoniana var. claytoniana

JK Marlow    jkm080705_133

July    Haywood County    NC

Corneille Bryan Native Garden

image of Osmunda claytoniana var. claytoniana

JK Marlow    jkm080705_142

July    Haywood County    NC

Corneille Bryan Native Garden

image of Osmunda claytoniana var. claytoniana

JK Marlow    jkm150827_951

August    Haywood County    NC

Corneille Bryan Native Garden

image of Osmunda claytoniana var. claytoniana

JK Marlow    jkm090926_031

September    Hancock County    ME

Used here as an attractive landscape plant.