Plant ID forum: Grape Fern (Botrychium dissectum)

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Swayback
Aug 22, 2015 10:30 AM CST

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Growing in deep mesic woods, several of them only have a single divided leaf, the one pictured seems to be ready to reproduce.

Very pretty and unusual!

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I've seen more plants that I can't id than I can out in these woods!
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Danita
Aug 22, 2015 10:44 AM CST
It looks like one of the ferns known as "Grape Ferns." It could be in the genus Botrychium or maybe Sceptridium. That's about the extent of my knowledge on the subject. Hilarious!
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Swayback
Aug 22, 2015 10:49 AM CST
Yes!
Grape fern it is!

Are these rare or uncommon?
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Aug 22, 2015 11:23 AM CST
I think it varies depending on the species. It seems they can range anywhere from fairly common to endangered in some states. I'm not sure how to tell the different species apart. Shrug!
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plantladylin
Aug 22, 2015 11:26 AM CST
I agree, Grape Fern. It looks a lot like Grape Fern (Botrychium dissectum) I found some here once and yanked them, thinking they were weeds. Thumbs down

http://www.illinoiswildflowers.info/grasses/plants/cutlf_grp...


Well, actually upon closer view, it's probably not the cut-leaf.
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Swayback
Aug 22, 2015 7:43 PM CST
Well I haven't had a chance to delve deeper, but it didn't look like cutleaf, but certainly has a very cut leaf design!

I found quite a few!
I think I'll try to spread a few around to other less established woods!
I gathered hundreds of seeds today for said reason!

The woods are just amazing!
These woods are the most u usually I've found in the bluegrass region, which has basically been cleared and homogenized for god knows how long...a long time!
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