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Schizaea pennula Sw.
ray fern

General Information
Symbol: SCPE7
Group: Fern
Family: Schizaeaceae
Duration: Perennial
Growth Habit: Forb/herb
Native Status: L48   N
PR   N
Data Source and Documentation
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Native Status:
lower 48 status L48    Alaska status AK    Hawaii status HI    Puerto Rico status PR    Virgin Islands status VI    Navassa Island NAV    Canada status CAN    Greenland status GL    Saint Pierre and Michelon status SPM    North America NA   




Symbol Scientific Name Other Common Names
ACGE2 Actinostachys germanii Fée
ACPE2 Actinostachys pennula (Sw.) Hook. ray fern
MIPE10 Microschizaea pennula (Sw.) C.F. Reed
SCGE3 Schizaea germanii (Fée) Prantl


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Rank Scientific Name and Common Name
Kingdom Plantae – Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Division Pteridophyta – Ferns
Class Filicopsida
Order Polypodiales
Family Schizaeaceae – Curly-grass family
Genus Schizaea Sm. – curlygrass fern
Species Schizaea pennula Sw. – ray fern

Subordinate Taxa

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Legal Status

Threatened and Endangered Information:
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Schizaea germanii
ray fern

Wetland Status

Interpreting Wetland Status


ACPE2  Actinostachys pennula (Sw.) Hook.

Top Level Regions
Caribbean FAC
North America
Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plain FAC



Source Large Mammals Small Mammals Water Birds Terrestrial Birds


Source Large Mammals Small Mammals Water Birds Terrestrial Birds

Description of Values

Value Class Food Cover