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Sceptridium dissectum forma dissectum Sceptridium dissectum forma dissectum same individual as <figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/75009/sceptridium_dissectum_forma_dissectum.html" title="Sceptridium dissectum forma dissectum"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/3383/75009_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1596672010&Signature=I0aJDaPHnTlo1z4TkeFklYgWjjE%3D" width="124" height="152" alt="Sceptridium dissectum forma dissectum Sceptridium dissectum forma dissectum in partial shade in an old field reverting to mixed deciduous-evergreen northern mesic forest. Skeletonized leaf form of the species. The fronds are semi-evergreen and new fronds appear in late summer making this a frond of the previous year that has survived intact through the winter. Botrychium,Geotagged,Minnesota,Ophioglossaceae,Ophioglossales,Polypodiopsida,Sceptridium,Sceptridium dissectum,Sceptridium dissectum forma dissectum,Spring,United States,dissectum,eusporangiate ferns,ferns,forest,grapeferns,plants" /></a></figure> but four years later. Botrychium,Fall,Geotagged,Minnesota,Ophioglossaceae,Ophioglossales,Polypodiopsida,Sceptridium,Sceptridium dissectum,Sceptridium dissectum forma dissectum,United States,dissectum,eusporangiate ferns,ferns,forest,grapeferns,plants Click/tap to enlarge

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  1. Incredible that it is the same exact individual! I had no idea that they could live so long. Posted one year ago
    1. Ferns in this genus are long-lived. There are reports of Sceptridium mulitifidum at about 100 years old. They grow from a single small vertical underground stem unlike most other ferns that produce horizontal rhizomes that continue to grow on as the older parts die. Posted 8 months ago
      1. Absolutely fascinating! Posted 8 months ago

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''Sceptridium dissectum'' is a common fern in the family Ophioglossaceae, occurring in eastern North America. Like other plants in this group, it normally only sends up one frond per year. It has long been the subject of confusion because the frond presents in one of two forms, either the normal form that resembles other plants in the genus, or the skeletonized form .

This is the most common grape fern throughout most of its range. It is a frequent denizen of disturbed lands, often growing.. more

Similar species: Ophioglossales
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Uploaded Mar 15, 2019. Captured Sep 22, 2017 14:23 in 4408 Miller Rd, Barnum, MN 55707, USA.
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