Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


4208

Fern/Fern ally
Perennial

Native to sw. US, with a few, remarkable disjunct occurrences in c. NC & w. SC

Documented growing wild in - NC SC

Rare

Look for it on south-facing outcrops of Carolina slate, "rich" granitic rock gneiss, and other rock types, per Weakley's Flora

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...Dry

LEAVES:
Evergreen
2-pinnate to pinnate-pinnatifid

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer/Fall

 

TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!



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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (10/20/20):
Pellaea wrightiana   FAMILY Pteridaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Pellaea wrightiana   FAMILY Pteridaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America
Pellaea wrightiana

SYNONYMOUS WITH The global flora: a practical guide to vascular plant species of the world (Christenhusz, Fay, & Byng, 2018)
Hemionitis wrightiana

SYNONYMOUS WITH The Ferns and Lycophytes of Texas (Diggs & Lipscomb, 2014)
Pellaea wrightiana

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 010-04-002:
Pellaea wrightiana   FAMILY Pteridaceae

(?) -
Pellaea ternifolia var. wrightiana

 

COMMON NAME:
Wright's Cliffbrake


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image of Pellaea wrightiana, Wright's Cliffbrake

JK Marlow    jkm190423_7591

April    Pickens County    SC

Jocassee Gorges

Found primarily in sw or w US, w isolated disjuncts in southern Appalachians, per The Ferns and Lycophytes of Texas.

image of Pellaea wrightiana, Wright's Cliffbrake

JK Marlow    jkm190423_7600

April    Pickens County    SC

Jocassee Gorges

image of Pellaea wrightiana, Wright's Cliffbrake

JK Marlow    jkm190423_7602

April    Pickens County    SC

Jocassee Gorges

Petiole dark brown, lustrous. Ultimate segments 5-20mm [in length], per Flora of North America.

image of Pellaea wrightiana, Wright's Cliffbrake

JK Marlow    jkm210615_1344

June    Pickens County    SC

Jocassee Gorges

image of Pellaea wrightiana, Wright's Cliffbrake

JK Marlow    jkm210615_1362

June    Pickens County    SC

Jocassee Gorges

image of Pellaea wrightiana, Wright's Cliffbrake

Dan Whitten    sdw_mysteryplant_072216b

July    Pickens County    SC

image of Pellaea wrightiana, Wright's Cliffbrake

Ed Pivorun    ebp_121417_1211

December    Pickens County    SC

Jocassee Gorges

image of Pellaea wrightiana, Wright's Cliffbrake

Ed Pivorun    ebp_pellaea

December    Pickens County    SC

Jocassee Gorges

Lower blade 2-pinnate, fertile segments with recurved margins, per Flora of North America.

image of Pellaea wrightiana, Wright's Cliffbrake

Tricia Kyzer    tkz_20171203_120838_2

December    Pickens County    SC

Pinnae's segments apically mucronate, terminal one on a distinct short stalk, per The Ferns and Lycophytes of Texas.

image of Pellaea wrightiana, Wright's Cliffbrake

Tricia Kyzer    tkz_20171203_120909

December    Pickens County    SC

Pinnae usually have 3-9 leathery, glabrous, narrowly oblong, ultimate segments, per Flora of North America.

image of Pellaea wrightiana, Wright's Cliffbrake

Tricia Kyzer    tkz_20171203_180549_793

December    Pickens County    SC

Pinnae point straight out or slightly toward leaf tip, per The Ferns and Lycophytes of Texas.

image of Pellaea wrightiana, Wright's Cliffbrake

Tricia Kyzer    tkz_20171203_180549_793b

December    Pickens County    SC