Pteridium latiusculum

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Common names: western brackenfern

Pteridium latiusculum
Pteridium latiusculum KMR.jpg
Photo by Kevin Robertson
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Pteridophyta
Class: Filicopsida
Order: Polypodiales
Family: Dennstaedtiaceae
Genus: Pteridium latiusculum
Species: P. latiusculum
Binomial name
Pteridium latiusculum
(Desvaux) Hieronymus
Natural range of Pteridium latiusculim from Weakley. [1]

Taxonomic Notes

Synonyms: Pteridium aquilinum (L.) Kuhn ssp. latiusculum, and Pteris latiuscula Desvaux var. latiuscula

Varieties: Pteridium latiusculum (Desvaux) Hieronymus ex Fries var. latiusculum, and Pteridium latiusculum (Desvaux) Hieronymus ex Fries var. pseudocaudatum (Clute) Maxon


P. latiusculum is a native perennial forb that is a member of the Dennstaedtiaceae family. [2]


The species is native to the southeast United States gulf coastal plain region, ranging from Louisiana and Kentucky to Maryland. [2]



The species is naturally found in dry woodlands, forests, and heath balds, up to 1600 meters in elevation. [3]

Conservation and Management

Cultivation and restoration

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References and notes

  1. Weakley, Alan S. 2015. Flora of the Southern and Mid-Atlantic States: Working Draft of 21 May 2015. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina. 1320 pp.
  2. 2.0 2.1 USDA Plants Database URL:
  3. Weakley, A. S. (2015). Flora of the Southern and Mid-Atlantic States. Chapel Hill, NC, University of North Carolina Herbarium.