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Southern Grapefern

Botrychium biternatum

Description:

Leaves green over winter, sporophores seasonal, new leaves appearing in late spring--early summer. Fronds appear from August to October.

Habitat:

Southern Grapefern is found in moist forests, clearings and old fields. Frequent in low woods and brushy fields.

Notes:

Spotted along the Iron Hill Trail of Red Top Mountain State Park

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3 Comments

QWMom
QWMom 7 years ago

Hi James - thanks for the comments :) These are tricky ferns to id, for sure. I am pretty sure this is not rattlesnake fern (B. virginia), though because these are just now beginning to appear in my area (I have some pics of some I spotted recently that I haven't yet posted. Stay tuned!) Now I'm not 100% sure this is B. biternatum either, but the other B. dissectum I had run across by this time of year had turned purple-bronze.

JamesHart
JamesHart 7 years ago

Or red fern

JamesHart
JamesHart 7 years ago

Looks more like botrickium Virginia

QWMom
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QWMom

Georgia, USA

Spotted on Mar 9, 2013
Submitted on Mar 10, 2013

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