Vascular Plants of the Gila Wilderness

Presented in Association with the
Western New Mexico University Department of Natural Sciences

Athyrium filix-femina (Linnaeus) Roth ex Mertens var. californicum Butters
(Southwestern Lady Fern)

Family: Dryopteridaceae

Status: Native

Synonyms:
None

Athyrium filix-femina var. californicum is found in very moist forest near creeks and in moist swales at the roadside at upper elevation. The rhizome and stipe bases have tan to brown, large lanceolate scales. The frond is acute at the apex and gradually tapered at the base. The sori are hooked or horseshoe shaped and the indusia are dentate and ciliate. Athyrium filix-femina var. californicum usually grows as a larger plant, but can also be found much smaller when young.
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Athyrium filix-femina var. californicum, photo Russ Kleinman, Bill Norris, Leith Young & Richard Felger, Mogollon Mtns., Bursum Road, Redstone Trailhead, Aug. 1, 2009



Athyrium filix-femina var. californicum, large grove, photo Russ Kleinman, Bill Norris, Kelly Kindscher & Danielle Walkup, Mogollon Mtns., Redstone trailhead, July 23, 2008



Athyrium filix-femina var. californicum, closeup of pinna, photo Russ Kleinman, Bill Norris, Leith Young & Richard Felger, Mogollon Mtns., Bursum Road, Redstone Trailhead, Aug. 1, 2009



Athyrium filix-femina var. californicum, field macro of sori and dentate & ciliate indusia, photo Russ Kleinman, Bill Norris, Leith Young & Richard Felger, Mogollon Mtns., Bursum Road, Redstone Trailhead, Aug. 1, 2009



Athyrium filix-femina var. californicum, field macro of sori and dentate & ciliate indusia, photo Russ Kleinman, Bill Norris, Leith Young & Richard Felger, Mogollon Mtns., Bursum Road, Redstone Trailhead, Aug. 1, 2009



Athyrium filix-femina var. californicum, DAZ herbarium, collector Owen F. Williams 2355, 27 July 1995, Mimbres River


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