Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


998

Fern/Fern ally
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common

Look for it in bogs, marshes (including tidal), moist forests, floodplains, swamp forests, & other wetlands, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun partial shade shade ...Wet ...Moist

LEAVES:
Deciduous
Bipinnate
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 spectabilis   FAMILY Osmundaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Osmunda regalis var. spectabilis   FAMILY Osmundaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 007-01-003:
Osmunda regalis var. spectabilis   FAMILY Osmundaceae

LESS THAN Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Osmunda regalis

 

COMMON NAME:
American Royal Fern


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JK Marlow    jkm080329_001

March    Pickens County    SC

Keowee Toxaway State Natural Area

Fiddleheads are smooth, wine-colored, and fairly stout, per Peterson Field Guide to Ferns of Northeastern and Central North America.

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JK Marlow    jkm080421_013

April    Haywood County    NC

Corneille Bryan Native Garden

Habitat includes wet woods and rocky streams. Soil usually acidic, per Field Guide to the Ferns and Other Pteridophytes of Georgia.

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JK Marlow    jkm160416_243

April    Lowndes County    GA

Sporangia naked, bright green when ripe, becoming rusty then dark brown, per Peterson Field Guide to Ferns of Northeastern and Central North America.

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Emily B. Sessa    ebsoregalis_9389

May        

Pinnules narrow, oblong, mostly alternate, on small distinct stalks, per Peterson Field Guide to Ferns of Northeastern and Central North America.

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Emily B. Sessa    ebsoregalis_9392

May        

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JK Marlow    jkm0305t_13

May    Haywood County    NC

Corneille Bryan Native Garden

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JK Marlow    jkm090516_117

May    Charleston County    SC

Francis Marion National Forest

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JK Marlow    jkm090516_119

May    Charleston County    SC

Francis Marion National Forest

Fertile blade similar to sterile but with sporangia-bearing pinnules at tip, per Peterson Field Guide to Ferns of Northeastern and Central North America.

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JK Marlow    jkm090516_119c

May    Charleston County    SC

Francis Marion National Forest

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JK Marlow    jkm090516_122

May    Charleston County    SC

Francis Marion National Forest

Fronds more nearly resemble the leaves of a locust tree than a fern, per Field Guide to the Ferns and Other Pteridophytes of Georgia.

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JK Marlow    jkm100515_036

May    Henderson County    NC

Pisgah National Forest: Pisgah Ranger District

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JK Marlow    jkm100515_036b

May    Henderson County    NC

Pisgah National Forest: Pisgah Ranger District

Sporangia in naked short-stalked clusters, green at first, later brown, per Field Guide to the Ferns and Other Pteridophytes of Georgia.

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JK Marlow    jkm100515_041

May    Henderson County    NC

Pisgah National Forest: Pisgah Ranger District

Cinnamon Fern on the left, Royal Fern on the right

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JK Marlow    jkm100515_042

May    Henderson County    NC

Pisgah National Forest: Pisgah Ranger District

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Emily B. Sessa    ebsoregalis_0600

June        

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JK Marlow    jkm100606_142

June    Greenville County    

Chandler Heritage Preserve

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JK Marlow    jkm100606_145

June    Greenville County    

Chandler Heritage Preserve

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JK Marlow    jkm170624_253

June    Oconee County    SC

Sumter National Forest: Andrew Pickens Ranger District

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JK Marlow    jkm0511c_11

November    Haywood County    NC

Corneille Bryan Native Garden

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JK Marlow    jkm0511c_11b

November    Haywood County    NC

Corneille Bryan Native Garden

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JK Marlow    jkm0511c_15

November    Haywood County    NC

Corneille Bryan Native Garden

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Patrick D. McMillan    pdmo_regalis

Month Unknown