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Ophioglossum pusillum

Ophioglossum pusillum Raf.

Northern Adder's-tongue

Ophioglossaceae (Adder's-Tongue Family)

Synonym(s): Ophioglossum vulgatum, Ophioglossum vulgatum var. alaskanum, Ophioglossum vulgatum var. pseudopodum

USDA Symbol: OPPU3

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

Historically, Adder's Tongue was used for healing wounds in the form of an ointment, known as Green Oil of Charity."" It was also used by artists as a green pigment. (Ferns of Grey & Bruce Counties)"


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb , Fern

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Not Applicable


USA: AK , CA , CT , DC , DE , IA , IL , IN , KY , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MO , MT , NC , ND , NE , NH , NJ , NY , OH , OR , PA , RI , SD , VA , VT , WA , WI , WV
Canada: NB , NS , ON , PE
Native Habitat: Savanna,Prairie/Meadow/Field,Lakeshores

Growing Conditions

Soil Moisture: Moist , Wet

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.

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2015-05-07
Research By: TWC Staff

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