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Sceptridium multifidum (Leathery Grapefern) This large Leathery Grapefern is about 40 years old. I first saw it in 1992 and it was a large plant even then. Botyrchium multifidum,Geotagged,Leathery Grapefern,Sceptridium multifidum,Spring,United States,botrychium,fern,grapeferns Click/tap to enlarge

Sceptridium multifidum (Leathery Grapefern)

This large Leathery Grapefern is about 40 years old. I first saw it in 1992 and it was a large plant even then.

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  1. That's some impressive monitoring...and memory! Posted one month ago
    1. At one time I had almost 50 wooden stakes marking these plants. When I first found them here the species was regarded as uncommon in the region so I wanted to keep track. Also, there were some fronds that looked different so I wanted to know where they were if I ever got them identified (they turned out to be S. rugulosum and S. dissectum). Posted one month ago
      1. You're like a human biodiversity scanning machine, impressed! Posted one month ago

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''Sceptridium multifidum'' is a fern species in the Ophioglossaceae , known by the common names leathery grapefern and leathery moonwort. It is native to Europe, Asia, and North America, where it is widespread and grows in moist areas in many habitat types. This is a fleshy, leathery plant growing from a small caudex with thin, corky roots. Unlike most ferns, ''S. multifidum'' has contractile roots, which are thought to help anchor the plant in the soil. It produces a single leaf which emerges directly.. more

Similar species: Ophioglossales
Species identified by Gary B
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Uploaded May 6, 2019. Captured Apr 18, 2019 15:28 in 4408 Miller Rd, Barnum, MN 55707, USA.
  • Canon EOS Rebel T6
  • f/4.5
  • 1/512s
  • ISO100
  • 35mm