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NC Native Plant Society:
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Lorinseria areolata [=Woodwardia areolata]

Netted Chain-fern

Scientific Name:

Lorinseria areolata [=Woodwardia areolata]

Genus:

Lorinseria

Species Epithet:

areolata

Common Name:

Netted Chain-fern

Plant Type

Fern/Clubmoss/Allies

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Blechnaceae (Deer Fern Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Invasive Status:

(*Key)

Size:

0-1 ft.

Light:

Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day, Less than 2 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Moist, Wet

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Sandhills, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Moist to wet, acid, organic soils, such as bogs, blackwater bottomlands, pocosins, wet hammocks. Common and widespread throughout the Coastal Plain, the southeastern 60% of the Piedmont and the southernmost mountains. Scattered in the northwestern Piedmont, but seemingly absent in most of the mountains.

Leaf Arrangement:

Basal

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Fern Frond

Leaf Form:

Compound

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Recommended and Available

State Rank:

S5: Secure (*Key)

Global Rank:

G5 - Secure (*Key)

Notes:

Produces spore from June to September. Netted Chain-fern colonizes by shallow, slender, brown rhizomes.

Pinnae on the sterile fronds are alternate on the stipe as opposed to the blades of the similar Sensitive Fern (Onoclea sensibilis) which has opposite pinnae.

Merchants Millpond State Park, Gates County, NC

The Scientific Name is Lorinseria areolata [=Woodwardia areolata]. You will likely hear them called Netted Chain-fern. This picture shows the Pinnae on the sterile fronds are alternate on the stipe as opposed to the blades of the similar Sensitive Fern (Onoclea sensibilis) which has opposite pinnae.  of Lorinseria areolata [=Woodwardia areolata]

Bettina Darveaux

Close-up of fertile frond with very narrow pinnae

Merchants Millpond State Park, Gates County, NC

The Scientific Name is Lorinseria areolata [=Woodwardia areolata]. You will likely hear them called Netted Chain-fern. This picture shows the Close-up of fertile frond with very narrow pinnae of Lorinseria areolata [=Woodwardia areolata]

Bettina Darveaux

Netted Chair Fern-Sterile Fonds

Eastern Wake County--Marks Creek Township

The Scientific Name is Lorinseria areolata [=Woodwardia areolata]. You will likely hear them called Netted Chain-fern. This picture shows the Netted Chair Fern-Sterile Fonds of Lorinseria areolata [=Woodwardia areolata]

Bill Switzer

Fertile pinnae

Forsyth County, NC (wildflower garden)

The Scientific Name is Lorinseria areolata [=Woodwardia areolata]. You will likely hear them called Netted Chain-fern. This picture shows the Fertile pinnae of Lorinseria areolata [=Woodwardia areolata]

Lisa Lofland Gould

The pinnae have finely toothed margins, unlike the untoothed margins of Sensitive Fern

Forsyth County, NC (wildflower garden)

The Scientific Name is Lorinseria areolata [=Woodwardia areolata]. You will likely hear them called Netted Chain-fern. This picture shows the The pinnae have finely toothed margins, unlike the untoothed margins of Sensitive Fern of Lorinseria areolata [=Woodwardia areolata]

Lisa Lofland Gould

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record



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