Flora of the Southeastern United States
2022 Edition


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Pelazoneuron kunthii (Desvaux) A.R. Smith & S.E. Fawcett. Kunth's Maiden Fern, Southern Shield Fern. Phen: (Jan-) May-Aug (-Dec). Hab: Coquina limestone (‘marl’) outcrops, calcareous bluffs and sinkhole slopes, also adventive on and around coquina limestone (marl) riprap around small bridges and ditches and in suburban forests. Dist: Se. NC south to s. FL and west to c. TX; West Indies; Mexico south through Central America into n. South America.

Origin/Endemic status: Native

Syn: = Fawcett & Smith (2021); = Cyclosorus kunthii – K3; = Thelypteris kunthii – Ar, Bah, ETx1, Fl1, FNA2, K1, Meso1, RAB, Tx, TxFerns, WH3; < Christella normalis – K4; < Thelypteris normalis – Sf

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