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Moranopteris nimbata (Jenman) R.Y. Hirai & J. Prado. West Indian Dwarf Polypody. Hab: On ceiling of grotto in spray cliff of waterfall in humid gorge. Dist: West Indies (Cuba, Jamaica, and Hispaniola); disjunct in Macon County, NC.

Origin/Endemic status: Native

Other Comments: Sporophytes (juvenile only) have been found at only a single site in North America, in Macon County, NC. Gametophytes (and/or sporophytes) may be present at other spray cliffs in the escarpment gorges of sw. NC or adjacent SC and GA and should be sought. See Moran (1998) for an interesting discussion and overview of independent fern gametophytes in e. North America.

Synonymy: = K4, Hirai et al (2011); = Grammitis nimbata (Jenman) Proctor – FNA2, K1, RAB; = Micropolypodium nimbatum (Jenman) A.R.Sm. – K3, Smith (1992)

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image of plant© Alan Cressler: Moranopteris nimbata, Dry Falls, Cullasaja River, Nantahala National Forest, Macon County, North Carolina 3 by Alan Cressler source | Original Image ⭷
image of plant© Alan Cressler: Moranopteris nimbata, Dry Falls, Cullasaja River, Nantahala National Forest, Macon County, North Carolina 1 by Alan Cressler source | Original Image ⭷

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