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Appalachian Rockcap Fern

Polypodium appalachianum

Description:

Tiny fern growing on rock outcropping, only specimen I saw of this species all day, but the snow cover was not helping.

Habitat:

Appalachian Mountains


1 species ID suggestions

drP
drP 6 years ago
Appalachian rockcap fern, Appalachian polypody
Polypodium appalachianum Polypodium appalachianum

2 Comments

chesterbperry
chesterbperry 6 years ago

Thank you drP, I am well aware of the difficulty, even when they are right in front of me. :)

drP
drP 6 years ago

Ferns can be awfully tricky to identify from a photo or two, but this one is easy. The overall shape is that of a rockcap fern, and the only species that grows in the Smokies is Polypodium appalachianum.

Tennessee, USA

Lat: 35.32, Long: -84.16

Spotted on Mar 3, 2013
Submitted on Mar 4, 2013

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