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Southern Grapefern

Botrychium biternatum


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


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


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

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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 7 years ago

Or red fern

JamesHart 7 years ago

Looks more like botrickium Virginia

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Georgia, USA

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

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