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

Uncommon in GA-NC-SC Mountains, rare in GA-NC-SC Coastal Plain

Look for it on fairly moist to very dry outcrops of felsic sedimentary or (mostly low-grade) metamorphic rocks, such as sandstone, phyllite, and schist, at low to moderate elevations, per Weakley's Flora

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...Moist ...Dry

LEAVES:
Evergreen
Pinnatifid, or larger leaves pinnate at base
Leaves clustered on a short-creeping rhizome

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer/Fall

 

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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Asplenium pinnatifidum   FAMILY Aspleniaceae

(?) PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Asplenium pinnatifidum   FAMILY Aspleniaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Synthesis of the North American Flora (Kartesz, 1999)
Asplenium ×pinnatifidum

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 013-01-002:
Asplenium pinnatifidum   FAMILY Aspleniaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Lobed Spleenwort


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image of Asplenium pinnatifidum, Lobed Spleenwort

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_aspi_001_lvd

        

image of Asplenium pinnatifidum, Lobed Spleenwort

Kevin Caldwell    kev_apinnatifidumhabitat1

June    Rutherford County    NC

Blade broadest at the base, tapering gradually to a long and pointed tip, per Peterson Field Guide to Ferns of Northeastern and Central North America.

image of Asplenium pinnatifidum, Lobed Spleenwort

Kevin Caldwell    kev_apinnatifidumhabitat2

June    Rutherford County    NC

Can resemble Walking Fern, but fronds lobed, with long stipes, more upright, per Peterson Field Guide to Ferns of Northeastern and Central North America.

image of Asplenium pinnatifidum, Lobed Spleenwort

Kevin Caldwell    kev_apinnatifidumhabitat4

June    Rutherford County    NC

Habitat: Dry, shaded crevices of non-calcareous rocks and boulders, per Field Guide to the Ferns and Other Pteridophytes of Georgia.

image of Asplenium pinnatifidum, Lobed Spleenwort

Kevin Caldwell    kev_apinnatifidumhabitat5

June    Rutherford County    NC

Lower blade distinctly and deeply lobed, upper less so or merely wavy, per Peterson Field Guide to Ferns of Northeastern and Central North America.

image of Asplenium pinnatifidum, Lobed Spleenwort

Kevin Caldwell    kev_apinnatifidumhabitatb

June    Rutherford County    NC

Sori variable in shape, often massing together as they age, per Peterson Field Guide to Ferns of Northeastern and Central North America.