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Athyrium angustum [= Athyrium filix-femina var. angustum]

Northern Lady fern

Scientific Name:

Athyrium angustum [= Athyrium filix-femina var. angustum]

Genus:

Athyrium

Species Epithet:

filix-femina

Common Name:

Northern Lady fern

Plant Type

Fern/Clubmoss/Allies

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Dryopteridaceae (Wood-Fern Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

0-1 ft., 1-3 ft.

Light:

Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day, Less than 2 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Moist

Growing Area:

Mountains

Habitat Description:

rock outcrops on grassy balds at high elevations; rare (NC Watch List)

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Fern Frond

Leaf Form:

Nothing Specified

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Highly Recommended and Available

State Rank:

S1: Critically imperiled (*Key)

Global Rank:

G5 - Secure (*Key)

State Status:

SR-P: Significantly Rare: Peripheral (*Key)

Notes:

Athyrium angustum is known as the northern lady fern, native to northeastern North America. It was long included in the superspecies Athyrium filix-femina, but is now largely recognized as a distinct species.

Athyrium angustum has a more southern counterpart, Athyrium asplenioides. This species, the southern lady fern, has a broader frond, especially at the base.(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Athyrium_filix-femina)

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