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Pleopeltis michauxiana (Weatherby) Hickey & Sprunt. Resurrection Fern, Scaly Polypody, Tree Polypody. Phen: (Jan-) Jun-Oct (-Dec). Hab: On tree limbs and trunks (especially when leaning) in a wide variety of forest types, especially southwards, and less typically (but not uncommonly) on rocks. Dist: P. michauxiana ranges from se. MD, IL, MO, and se. KS, south to s. FL and TX; Mexico and Central America (Guatemala, Honduras); Bahamas (Abaco Island).

Origin/Endemic status: Native

Taxonomy Comments: Although traditionally treated as a variety of Pleopeltis polypodioides, recent studies suggest that this taxon warrants specific status (Sprunt 2010; Sprunt et al. 2011; Vincent & Hickey 2014). Seven additional taxa in the complex are tropical in s. FL, Mexico, Central America, South America, and Africa.

Synonymy: = K4, Vincent & Hickey (2014); = Pleopeltis polypodioides (L.) E.G.Andrews & Windham ssp. michauxiana – Va, nomen nudum; = Pleopeltis polypodioides (L.) E.G.Andrews & Windham var. michauxiana (Weath.) E.G.Andrews & Windham – Ar, ETx1, Fl1, FNA2, K2, TxFerns, Va, WH3, Smith & Tejero-Díez (2014); = Polypodium polypodioides (L.) Watt var. michauxianum Weath. – C, F, G, GrPl, Meso1, Mo1, Tat, Tx, W, WV, Mickel & Smith (2004); < Marginaria polypodioides (L.) Tidestr. – Sf; < Pleopeltis polypodioides (L.) E.G.Andrews & Windham – Il; < Polypodium polypodioides (L.) Watt – RAB, S13, SFla

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Wetland Indicator Status:

  • Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plain: FAC (taxonomic split from wetland indicator species)
  • Eastern Mountains and Piedmont: FACU (name change)
  • Great Plains: FACU (taxonomic split from wetland indicator species)
  • Midwest: FACU (taxonomic split from wetland indicator species)
  • Northcentral & Northeast: UPL (taxonomic split from wetland indicator species)

Heliophily ?: 4

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image of plant© Alan Cressler: Pleopeltis polypodioides (left), Monroe County, Florida, Pleopeltis michauxiana (right), Jeff Davis County, Georgia, Adaxial Comparsion 1 by Alan Cressler source
image of plant© Alan Cressler: Pleopeltis polypodioides (left), Monroe County, Florida, Pleopeltis michauxiana (right), Jeff Davis County, Georgia, Abaxial Comparison 1 by Alan Cressler source | Original Image ⭷
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image of plant© Alan Cressler: Pleopeltis michauxiana, Venable Falls, Unnamed Stream, Stone Mountain Park, DeKalb County, Georgia 1 by Alan Cressler source | Original Image ⭷

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