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Rock cap fern

Polypodium virginianum

Description:

A small evergreen fern. Mature leaves are about 2 inches wide at the base and up to about 16 inches long. Sori are distinctive: sharply round, brown and fairly flat. Similar in appearance to resurrection fern; the frond tips and sori are easy ways to tell them apart.

Habitat:

As the common name implies, the rock cap fern tends to grow on rocks. Found in moist, rocky woods.

Notes:

The trail leading to Cascade Falls in Pembroke, Virginia, has more rock cap fern than I've seen anywhere else.

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Pembroke, Virginia, USA

Lat: 37.32, Long: -80.64

Spotted on Apr 19, 2014
Submitted on Apr 28, 2014

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