Pteridium aquilinum (L.) Kuhn ssp. pseudocaudatum (Clute) Hulten

Locations ofPteridium aquilinum (L.) Kuhn ssp. pseudocaudatum (Clute) Hulten in Virginia

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Family
Dennstaedtiaceae
Botanical Name
Pteridium aquilinum (L.) Kuhn ssp. pseudocaudatum (Clute) Hulten
Common Name
Southern Bracken Fern
Synonym(s)
Pteridium aquilinum (L.) Kuhn var. pseudocaudatum (Clute) Heller
Flora of Virginia Name/Status
Pteridium aquilinum (L.) Kuhn ssp pseudocaudatum (Clute) Heller
Comments
The current map is incomplete and the ssp. is much more widespread in eastern and southeastern Virginia than records indicate. This taxon appears to be the common ssp. in the southeastern and east-central Virginia Coastal Plain, but its full extent has yet to be determined. See comments under Pteridium aquilinum, sensu lato and ssp. latiusculum.
Habitat
Maritime forests and dune woodlands, sandhill woodlands, dry oak and oak-pine forests, sandy clearings, roadsides, wet flatwoods, bogs, and boggy clearings; especially abundant in areas with a history of frequent fires. Common in the Coastal Plain, north to at least Caroline County, and in the outer Piedmont south of the James River; infrequent or rare in the inner s. Piedmont.
Native Status
Native

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