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Athyrium asplenioides (Michaux) A.A. Eaton. Section: Athyrium. Southern Lady Fern. Phen: May-Sep. Hab: Moist forests, bottomlands, streambanks. Dist: MA, WV, IL, and KS south to n. FL and e. TX.

Origin/Endemic status: Native

Taxonomy Comments: High elevation plants (mainly in spruce-fir and northern hardwoods forests) in the Southern Appalachians need additional taxonomic study. They have much larger leaves than typical lowland forms, and the leaves are more divided. The name Athyrium filix-femina var. subtripinnatum Butters may apply.

Synonymy: = K3, K4, NE, NY, RAB, Sf, Tat, Va, WV; = Athyrium filix-femina (L.) Roth ex Mert. ssp. asplenioides (Michx.) Hultén – Ar, ETx1, Il, K1, Mo1, Tn, TxFerns, W, WH3; = Athyrium filix-femina (L.) Roth ex Mert. var. asplenioides (Michx.) Farw. – C, F, FNA2, G, GrPl, Pa, Tx; > Athyrium filix-femina (L.) Roth ex Mert. var. subtripinnatum Butters; < Athyrium filix-foemina (L.) Roth – S13

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Wetland Indicator Status:

  • Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plain: FAC
  • Eastern Mountains and Piedmont: FAC
  • Great Plains: FAC
  • Midwest: FAC
  • Northcentral & Northeast: FAC

Heliophily ?: 3

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image of plant© Alan Cressler: Athyrium asplenioides, Red Spruce-Fraser Fir Forest, Roan High Bluff, Pisgah National Forest, Mitchell County, North Carolina 2 by Alan Cressler source | Original Image ⭷
image of plant© Alan Cressler: Athyrium asplenioides, Track Rock Gap, Chattahoochee National Forest, Union County, Georgia 1 by Alan Cressler source | Original Image ⭷
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image of plant© Edwin Bridges | Original Image ⭷
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image of plant© Alan Cressler: Athyrium asplenioides, Red Spruce-Fraser Fir Forest, Roan High Bluff, Pisgah National Forest, Mitchell County, North Carolina 1 by Alan Cressler source | Original Image ⭷
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