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Dryopteris marginalis

Dryopteris marginalis (L.) A. Gray

Marginal Woodfern, Marginal Fern, Marginal Shieldfern

Dryopteridaceae (Wood Fern Family)

USDA Symbol: DRMA4



Dryopteris marginalis (Marginal woodfern) #60404

Image Information

Photographer: Cressler, Alan
County: Jackson
State: AL
Accession date: 2018-05-18
Filename: A_C_IMG5558.JPG
Slide Index: 3648947959_f5cf46e7ff_ob.JPG
Restrictions: Unrestricted
Collection: Wildflower Center Digital Library
Original Format: Digital
Orientation: Landscape
Shot: A pinnule from a frond (bottom specimen) showing the abaxial surface of a section of a frond bearing sori. Photographer's note: "I discovered this plant 28 years ago on June 21, 1981. I suspect the plant is very old considering the multi-crowned rhizome is almost two feet long. The sterile hybrid between Dryopteris intermedia and Dryopteris marginalis is extremely rare considering how often the parent plants grow in close proximity. Although Dryopteris marginalis is common in northern Alabama it is rarely seen growing on limestone. I can only think of a few cave entrances where I have observed it. The species is most often observed in sandstone boulder fields and north aspect cliff faces around the plateau top. Dryopteris intermedia is not overly common in northern Alabama but is encountered in moist sandstone canyons of the Cumberland Plateau. Again it is almost never seen growing in cave entrances. The cave associated with this site blows 56 degree F. air strongly when the surface temperature is warm. This creates an interesting micro-habitat that remains cold all summer."
Date Taken: 2009-06-20
NPIN Image Id: 60404

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By: JAM
Date: 2018-10-08

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