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Ophioglossaceae / Adder's-tongue
Cut-leaved Grape Fern (Botrychium dissectum)
Cut-leaved Grape Fern is also known as Lace-frond Grape Fern.

Plant Type: This is a fern which can reach 45cm in height (18inches). A single stalk with an infertial leaf emerging low and termininating in a branched sporangiophore.
Leaves: This plant has basal leaves only. Leaves can reach 15cm in length (6inches). Leaves can be as wide as 20 cm (8inches). The single infertile leaf emerges near of below ground. Usually three of four times pinnate, sometimes finely and unequally dissected. Blades often finely toothed but highly variable with the terminal blades of each division generally acute with rounded un-symmetrical base. Turning a bronze color in by late fall.
Flowers: .
Fruit: The sporangiophore is reflexed. Each branch with two rows of spherical sporangia
Habitat: Almost anywhere that is not too dry. Appears in late summer to mid fall.
Range: All of the eastern U. S. as far west as eastern Kansas.

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The sporangiophore looking something like a cluster of grapes gives rise to the name Grape Fern. This species is one of the most common Grape Ferns found in our area.


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More Info:  
The Search below may provide more information about this species. Some of URLs may have been used as a source for this page not otherwise cited. Most of the information not cited comes from multiple sources that can be found in the Books page. The USDA plant links are provided by: USDA, NRCS 1999. The PLANTS database (http://plants.usda.gov/). National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA. You can check species names at ITIS Advanced Search to see if they meet the current ITIS taxonomic criteria.
 

By: Boughton Cobb and Illustrated by Laura Louise Foster. 1963, ISBN:0395194318

The relatively small number of ferns as compared to flowering plants make possible this book that is both a technical manual and portable field guide. The illustrated key is excellent and the pen and ink drawings of most species covered are, detailed, accurate and beautiful. A bibliography by states and regions is provided.



By: David B. Lellinger. , ISBN:0874746035

This exhaustive work describes over 400 species, subspecies and varieties and includes color photos for most. The author is the Curator of Ferns at the Smithsonian Institution and A Murray Evans, Professor of Botany at the University of Tennessee took the excellent photographs traveling all over North America to accomplish the task. If you want to know the ferns this is a must have book.



Classification:  
Kingdom

|Division
Pteridophyta
Fern
|Class
Filicopsida
|Subclass

|Order
Ophioglossales
|Family
Ophioglossaceae
Adder's- tongue
|Subfamily

|Tribe

|Genus
Botrychium
Grape Fern

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