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Cystopteris tenuis

Cystopteris tenuis (Michx.) Desv.

Upland Brittle Bladderfern

Dryopteridaceae (Wood Fern Family)

Synonym(s): Cystopteris fragilis var. mackayi

USDA Symbol: CYTE7

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


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Fern

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Not Applicable
Bloom Notes: Not a flowering plant. Reproduces by spores.


USA: AL , AR , AZ , CO , CT , DC , DE , IA , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MO , MS , NC , NE , NH , NJ , NM , NV , NY , OH , OK , PA , RI , SD , TN , UT , VA , VT , WI , WV
Canada: NB , NS , ON
Native Habitat: Forest,Woodland,Bog/Fen

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Part Shade , Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist

From the National Organizations Directory

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

Mt. Cuba Center - Hockessin, DE

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff

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