Kentucky Nature Preserves Rare Plants

Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission

Spinulose Wood Fern
Dryopteris carthusiana
Family: Dryopteridaceae

Protection Status:
State Status:  S
USFWS Status: {null}

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S3

Acidic, organic-rich bogs, swamps, less frequently in moist rocky ravines and rich forests (Weakley, 2011).

Species Description:


Additional Information at NatureServe

Diagnostic Characteristics:
The pinnule at the base of the lowest pinnae on the frond are disproportionatly longer than the other pinnules.

Grazing or browsing pressure, vegetation removal, hydrologic changes (i.e. stream alterations road construction) would be detrimental. Exotic pest plants are a threat to this species and should be removed. Avoid creating access to the site through trail or road construction.

Global Range:

Known Kentucky Occurrences:

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Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission
801 Teton Trail
Frankfort,KY 40601
Phone: (502) 573-2886
Fax: (502) 573-2355
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