Sceptridium multifidum

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Sceptridium multifidum
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Pteridophyta
Class: Psilotopsida
Order: Ophioglossales
Family: Ophioglossaceae[1][2]
Genus: Sceptridium
Species: S. multifidum
Binomial name
Sceptridium multifidum
(S.G.Gmel.) Tagawa
Synonyms

Botrychium multifidum
Botrychium californicum
Botrychium coulteri
Botrychium matricariae
Botrychium silaifolium

Sceptridium multifidum is a fern species in the Ophioglossaceae[1][2] (Adder's tongue family), known by the common names leathery grapefern[3] 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. It produces a single leaf which emerges directly from the ground. It is divided into a sterile and a fertile part. The sterile part of the leaf is wide and has rounded or oval-shaped leaflets. The fertile part of the leaf is very different in shape, with grapelike clusters of sporangia by which it reproduces.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Botrychium Tropicos.org. Missouri Botanical Garden. 16 Jan 2012
  2. ^ a b Christenhusz, Maarten J. M.; Zhang, Xian-Chun; Schneider, Harald (2011). "A linear sequence of extant families and genera of lycophytes and ferns" (PDF). Phytotaxa 19: 7–54. 
  3. ^ Botrychium multifidum, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service PLANTS Profile, 17 Jan 2012 

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