Pteridium aquilinum (L.) Kuhn ssp. latiusculum (Desv.) Hulten

Locations ofPteridium aquilinum (L.) Kuhn ssp. latiusculum (Desv.) Hulten in Virginia

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Family
Dennstaedtiaceae
Botanical Name
Pteridium aquilinum (L.) Kuhn ssp. latiusculum (Desv.) Hulten
Common Name
Eastern Bracken Fern
Synonym(s)
Pteridium aquilinum (L.) Kuhn var. latiusculum (Desv.) Underw. ex Heller
Flora of Virginia Name/Status
Pteridium aquilinum (L.) Kuhn ssp latiusculum (Desv.) Underwood ex Heller
Comments
The current map is very incomplete and based primarily on speciments at VPI and NCU. State-wide herbarium work will be required to fully map the two ssp. See also maps of Pteridium aquilinum sensu lato and P. aquilinum ssp. pseudocaudatum. The two ssp. have overlapping ranges in Virginia, and some specimens with intermediate characters can be difficult to assign.
Habitat
Dry forests and woodlands (primarily oak/heath and pine-oak/heath), clearings, roadsides, and shrub balds; occasionally in more mesic forests and bogs with a history of fire. Common in acidic soils of the mountains and the inner, central, and northern Piedmont; infrequent to rare elsewhere.
Native Status
Native

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