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Botrychium dissectum (Cutleaf grapefern)
Cressler, Alan

Botrychium dissectum

Botrychium dissectum Spreng.

Cutleaf Grapefern

Ophioglossaceae (Adder's-Tongue Family)

Synonym(s): Botrychium dissectum var. obliquum, Botrychium dissectum var. oblongifolium, Botrychium obliquum, Botrychium obliquum var. elongatum, Sceptridium dissectum

USDA Symbol: BODI2

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)

One strange feature of this fern is that new growth does not appear until August or September so that the sterile frond has a fresh green appearance in the early fall but darkens as the frost comes, giving a bronze-green colour throughout the following spring and summer. (Ferns of Grey & Bruce Counties)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb , Fern

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Not Applicable
Bloom Notes: This is a non-flowering plant that reproduces by spores.


USA: AL , AR , CT , DC , DE , FL , GA , IA , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MO , MS , NC , NH , NJ , NY , OH , OK , PA , RI , SC , TN , TX , VA , VT , WI , WV
Canada: NB , NS , ON , PE
Native Habitat: Forest, Woodland

National Wetland Indicator Status

This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Pineywoods Native Plant Center - Nacogdoches, TX

Additional resources

USDA: Find Botrychium dissectum in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Botrychium dissectum in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Botrychium dissectum


Record Modified: 2017-11-21
Research By: TWC Staff

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