Flora of the Southeastern United States
2022 Edition

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OPHIOGLOSSACEAE

Sceptridium lunarioides (Michaux) Holub. Winter Grapefern. Phen: Jan-Apr. Hab: Old fields, pastures, young forests, granitic flatrocks, juniper-oak-blue ash woodlands over limestone, cemeteries. Dist: W. NC, c. TN, and s. SC south to n. FL, and west to e. TX and se. OK.

ID notes: The species is hard to spot, and all the more difficult to find because of its phenology; the leaves appear in late fall and die by early spring.

Origin/Endemic status: Endemic

Syn: = K3, K4; = Botrychium lunarioides – Ar, ETx1, Fl1, FNA2, K1, RAB, TxFerns, WH3; = Holubiella lunarioides – Zhang et al (2020)

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