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Sceptridium dissectum [= Botrychium dissectum]

Cut-leaf Grape Fern, Dissected Grape Fern

Scientific Name:

Sceptridium dissectum [= Botrychium dissectum]

Genus:

Sceptridium

Species Epithet:

dissectum

Common Name:

Cut-leaf Grape Fern, Dissected Grape Fern

Plant Type

Fern/Clubmoss/Allies

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Ophioglossaceae (Adder's-Tongue Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

0-1 ft.

Light:

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

Soil Moisture:

Moist

Bloom Time:

August, September, October

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Moist forests, clearings, old fields. Common in NC Mountains and Piedmont, rare in Coastal Plain.

Leaf Arrangement:

Whorled

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

No known wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Not Recommended for home landscapes

Fertile Frond Close Up

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November 2007, Black Mountain, NC
M Baumeister

Frond

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November 2007, Black Mountain, NC
M Baumeister

B. dissectum fertile frond emerges from the ground B. virginianum emerges from the base of the branches on the frond

Frond

Very dissected, in early spring

image

Tom Harville

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


Bird-Friendly Native Plants



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