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

Rare

Look for it in very nutrient-rich loamy or seepy forests, over calcareous sedimentary (such as limestone or dolostone) or mafic metamorphic or igneous rocks (such as greenstone or amphibolite), per Weakley's Flora

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shade ...Moist

LEAVES:
Deciduous
Pinnate
Leaves in a circular cluster on long-creeping rhizome

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall

 

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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (5/21/15):
Homalosorus pycnocarpos   FAMILY Diplaziopsidaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Diplazium pycnocarpon   FAMILY Dryopteridaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 011-01-003:
Athyrium pycnocarpon   FAMILY Aspidiaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Homalosorus pycnocarpos

SYNONYMOUS WITH Diplaziopsis pycnocarpa

 

COMMON NAME:
Glade Fern


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JK Marlow    jkm160421_309

April    Sevier County    TN

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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JK Marlow    jkm160421_312

April    Sevier County    TN

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Pinnae slender, alternate, long-pointed. Margins wavy, entire, per Field Guide to the Ferns and Other Pteridophytes of Georgia.

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JK Marlow    jkm160421_314

April    Sevier County    TN

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Stipe shorter than blade, stout, slightly scaly especially near base, per Peterson Field Guide to Ferns of Northeastern and Central North America.

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JK Marlow    jkm160421_420

April    Sevier County    TN

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Recognized by tall narrow bright green fronds in almost circular clusters, per Peterson Field Guide to Ferns of Northeastern and Central North America.

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Emily B. Sessa    ebs_dpycnocarpon_9642

May        

Sterile pinnae not stiff and often slightly twisting, per Peterson Field Guide to Ferns of Northeastern and Central North America.

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Emily B. Sessa    ebs_dpycnocarpon_9643

May        

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Emily B. Sessa    ebs_dpycnocarpon_4805

June        

Pinnae without a basal lobe (vs. Christmas ferns' with a distinctive "ear"), per Peterson Field Guide to Ferns of Northeastern and Central North America.

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Emily B. Sessa    ebs_dpycnocarpon_4809

June        

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JK Marlow    jkm160727_410

July    Haywood County    NC

Corneille Bryan Native Garden

Fertile frond on left, sterile frond on right.

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JK Marlow    jkm160727_412

July    Haywood County    NC

Corneille Bryan Native Garden

Fertile fronds are narrower, more erect and appear later than sterile, per Peterson Field Guide to Ferns of Northeastern and Central North America.

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JK Marlow    jkm160727_413

July    Haywood County    NC

Corneille Bryan Native Garden

Sori long, slightly curved, in herringbone pattern, per Peterson Field Guide to Ferns of Northeastern and Central North America.

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Patrick D. McMillan    pdmdiplazium_brasst1

Month Unknown        

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Patrick D. McMillan    pdmdpycnocarpon_1

Month Unknown        

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Patrick D. McMillan    pdmdpycnocarpon_nantahal

Month Unknown        NC

Nantahala National Forest

Blade lanceolate with long acuminate tip and slightly tapering base, per Field Guide to the Ferns and Other Pteridophytes of Georgia.