Photo by Susan R. Crispin
Small fern (10-20 cm) of northern dunes; leaf broadly triangular with slightly overlapping ascending pinnae; fertile portion robust, up to twice the length of the sterile leaf.
Status and Rank
- State Status: T
- State Rank: S2
- Global Rank: G4
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Found in large dune systems, including perched dunes. It also occasionally occurs in forested areas and sandy disturbed roadsides and fields.
Natural Community Types
Dune willow, balsam poplar, sandbar willow, ground juniper, sand cherry, beach heath, sea rocket, wormwood, Pitcher's thistle, beach pea, sand cress, Lake Huron tansy, common milkweed, hairy puccoon, beach grass, dune grass, fescue, wood lily, horizontal juniper, northern white cedar, acute leaved moonwort, daisy leaved grape-fern, and prairie moonwort.
This species requires protection of habitat and maintenance of natural dune processes (e.g. shoreline fluctuation, erosion, sand deposition, wind, water level fluctuation, sand movement) that create the necessary microsites. Protect habitat from residential development. Prevent or remove invasive species. Vulnerable to ORV damage and also excessive foot traffic.
General Survey Guidelines
Random meander search covers areas that appear likely to have rare taxa, based on habitat and the judgement of the investigator.
- Meander search
Survey Period: From first week of June to third week of September
Survey Comments: Frequently occurs with several other moonwort species
More InformationSee MNFI Species Abstract
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- Nelson, J.R. 1984. Rare Plant Field Survey Guidelines. In: J.P. Smith and R. York. Inventory of rare and endangered vascular plants of California. 3rd Ed. California Native Plant Society, Berkeley. 174pp.
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- Nelson, J.R. 1987. Rare Plant Surveys: Techniques for Impact Assessment. In: Conservation and management of rare and endangered plants. Ed. T.S. Elias. California Native Plant Society, Sacramento. 8pp.
- Flora of North America Editorial Committee. 1993. Flora of North America, North of Mexico. Volume 2: Pteridophytes and Gymnosperms. Oxford University Press, New York. 475pp.