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Botrychium lunarioides (Winter grapefern)
Cressler, Alan

Botrychium lunarioides

Botrychium lunarioides (Michx.) Sw.

Winter Grapefern

Ophioglossaceae (Adder's-Tongue Family)

Synonym(s): Sceptridium lunarioides

USDA Symbol: BOLU2

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb , Fern
Leaf Margin: Denticulate
Size Notes: Up to about 8 inches tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Not Applicable
Bloom Notes: Non-flowering, sporulating plant. Sporulates Mar. Sporangial clusters with sessile or short-stalked sporangia resembling a bunch of greenish brown grapes borne on long-stalked sporophores.


USA: AL , AR , FL , GA , LA , MS , NC , OK , SC , TX
Canada: PE

Web Reference

Webref 57 - Atlas of Florida Plants (2020) Institute for Systematic Botany
Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2023-01-05
Research By: TWC Staff

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