Plants and Animals
Woodsia obtusa Blunt-lobed woodsia
Medium-sized fern (40-60 cm) of calcareous dry cliffs; blade lanceolate with twice-divided toothed leaves; petioles light brown; spores borne in amoeba-like clusters on underside of pinnae.
Status and Rank
US Status: No Status/Not Listed
State Status: T - Threatened (legally protected)
Global Rank: G5 - Secure
State Rank: S1S2 - Rank is uncertain, ranging from critically imperiled to imperiled
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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.
This fern is found on dry, shady cliffs and in crevices.
Natural Community Types
- Granite bedrock glade
- Granite cliff
- Limestone bedrock glade
- Limestone cliff
- Volcanic bedrock lakeshore
- Volcanic 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.
Rusty woodsia, common polypody, fragile fern, and sugar maple.
This species benefits from maintenance of natural habitat and disturbance processes. Where necessary, it should be protected from excessive foot traffic and other impacts due to recreation.
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 June to fourth week of August
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