Monilophytes (ferns): Leptosporangiate Ferns (true ferns): Polypodiales
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SYNONYMOUS WITH Floristic Synthesis of North America. BONAP (Kartesz, 2021)
SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of China
Spineless Bramble Fern, Soft Ground-fern
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Habitat: Moist disturbed areas, per Weakley's Flora
Non-native: tropical east Asia & South Pacific islands
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IS THE PLANT "ARMED"?
Stipe and rachis smooth, lacking prickles
Rhizomes long-creeping, deeply buried
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