Thelypteris kunthii

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Thelypteris kunthii
Thelypteris kunthii at Coker Arboretum.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Polypodiophyta
Class: Polypodiopsida
Order: Blechnales
Family: Thelypteridaceae
Genus: Thelypteris
Species: T. kunthii
Binomial name
Thelypteris kunthii
(Desv.) C.V.Morton

Thelypteris normalis (C.Chr.) Moxley

Thelypteris kunthii, the Kunth's maiden fern[1] or southern shield fern, is the most common of the maiden ferns in the southeastern United States south of the fall line. It ranges westward to eastern Texas. It usually grows in moist to dry terrestrial situations, but can also be epipetric. It often grows as a greenhouse escape in areas north of its usual range.


  1. ^ "Thelypteris kunthii". Natural Resources Conservation Service PLANTS Database. USDA. Retrieved 9 December 2015. 

Lellinger, David B. A Field Manual of the Ferns & Fern-Allies of the United States & Canada. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. 1985.