Sceptridium multifidum

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Sceptridium multifidum
Botrychium multifidum.jpg
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Pteridophyta
Class: Psilotopsida
Order: Ophioglossales
Family: Ophioglossaceae
Genus: Sceptridium
Species: S. multifidum
Binomial name
Sceptridium multifidum
(S.G.Gmel.) Tagawa

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.


  1. ^ Botrychium Missouri Botanical Garden. 16 Jan 2012
  2. ^ 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". Natural Resources Conservation Service PLANTS Database. USDA. Retrieved 17 Jan 2012. 

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