Plants and Animals
Dryopteris filix-mas Male fern
Medium-sized fern 30-120 cm; blades pinnately divided 2-3 times with relatively short petioles (less than 1/3 length of blade), base of petiole with both brown scales and scattered hairs.
Status and Rank
US Status: No Status/Not Listed
State Status: SC - Special Concern (rare or uncertain; not legally protected)
Global Rank: G5 - Secure
State Rank: S3 - Vulnerable
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Information is summarized from MNFI's database of rare species and community occurrences. Data may not reflect true distribution since much of the state has not been thoroughly surveyed.
Occurring on rocky, sheltered sites (cliffs, sinkholes, ravines, crevices) in mixed northern hardwood forests in the northern Lower Peninsula and Upper Peninsula. It often occurs on limestone bedrock, but is not restricted to calcareous substrates.
Natural Community Types
- Boreal forest
- Granite bedrock glade
- Granite bedrock lakeshore
- Granite lakeshore cliff
- Limestone cliff
- Mesic northern forest
- Northern bald
- Volcanic bedrock glade
- Volcanic lakeshore cliff
For each species, lists of natural communities were derived from review of the nearly 6,500 element occurrences in the MNFI database, in addition to herbarium label data for some taxa. In most cases, at least one specimen record exists for each listed natural community. For certain taxa, especially poorly collected or extirpated species of prairie and savanna habitats, natural community lists were derived from inferences from collection sites and habitat preferences in immediately adjacent states (particularly Indiana and Illinois). Natural communities are not listed for those species documented only from altered or ruderal habitats in Michigan, especially for taxa that occur in a variety of habitats outside of the state.
Natural communities are not listed in order of frequency of occurrence, but are rather derived from the full set of natural communities, organized by Ecological Group. In many cases, the general habitat descriptions should provide greater clarity and direction to the surveyor. In future versions of the Rare Species Explorer, we hope to incorporate natural community fidelity ranks for each taxon.
Big-leaved aster, intermediate woodfern, choke cherry, and thimbleberry.
Probably sensitive to logging of overstory trees, which would expose it to intense sunlight and subsequent desiccation. Its rocky habitat could also be damaged by heavy pedestrian use.
Random meander search covers areas that appear likely to have rare taxa, based on habitat and the judgement of the investigator.
Survey Period: From first week of July to fourth week of August
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