Lorinseria areolata

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Lorinseria areolata
Woodwardia areolata Gil.jpg
Photo taken by Gil Nelson
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Pteridophyta – Ferns
Class: Filicopsida
Order: Polypodiales
Family: Blechnaceae
Genus: Lorinseria
Species: L. areolata
Binomial name
Lorinseria areolata
((L.) T. Moore
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Natural range of Lorinseria areolata from USDA NRCS Plants Database.

Common name: Netted chain fern[1]

Taxonomic notes

Synonyms: Woodwardia areolata (Linnaeus) T. Moore.[1]

Varieties: none.[1]


A description of Lorinseria areolata is provided in The Flora of North America.

Lorinseria areolata is a perennial herbaceous species. It tends to grow erect, with a reticulated petiole that is straw-colored, except at the base where it is brown.[2] This fern has a finely toothed, winged rachis and elliptic sori arranged in chains.[2]


L. areolata ranges from Novia Scotia to the Coastal Plains of southern Florida and east Texas, and west to Mississippi and Missouri.[1]



L. areolata can be found in longleaf pinelands, savannas, moist woodlands, cypress woods, shores of lakes, marshes, and ponds, and wooded ravines.[2] It can also occur in disturbed habitats like ditch banks.[2]


This species fruits from May through September.[1]

Fire ecology

It occurs in habitats that are frequently burned, including pinelands and savannas, which implies some fire tolerance.[2]

Conservation, cultivation, and restoration

Cultural use

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References and notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Weakley, A.S. 2015. Flora of the southern and mid-atlantic states. Working Draft of 21 May 2015. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Florida State University Robert K. Godfrey Herbarium database. URL: http://herbarium.bio.fsu.edu. Last accessed: June 2014. Collectors: Travis MacClendon, S. W. Leonard, Roy Komarek, Robert K. Godfrey, Loran C. Anderson, T. MacClendon, Boothes, and Annie Schmidt. States and Counties: Florida: Calhoun, Jackson, Leon, and Liberty. Georgia: Grady and Thomas.