Thelypteris kunthii

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Thelypteris kunthii
Thelypteris kunthii Gil.jpg
Photo taken by Gil Nelson
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Pteridophyta – Ferns
Class: Filicopsida
Order: Polypodiales
Family: Thelypteridaceae
Genus: Thelypteris
Species: T. kunthii
Binomial name
Thelypteris kunthii
(Desv.) Morton
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Natural range of Thelypteris kunthii from USDA NRCS Plants Database.

Common names: Kunth's maiden fern, Southern shield fern, Widespread maiden fern

Taxonomic notes

Synonyms: Thelypteris normalis (C. Christensen) Moxley; Christella normalis (C. Christensen) Holttum.[1]


A description of Thelypteris kunthii is provided in The Flora of North America.




In the Coastal Plain in Florida and Georgia, T. kunthii can be found in floodplain forests, slopes in pinelands, live oak hammocks, calcareous woodlands, riparian hardwood communities, and limestone glades.[2] It can also be found around drainage culverts and beneath highway bridges. Soils include sandy loam and clayey sand.[2] Associated species include Crataegus marshallii, Amorpha fruticosa, and Schoenus nigricans.[2]

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References and notes

  1. Weakley, A.S. 2015. Flora of the southern and mid-atlantic states. Working Draf of 21 May 2015. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Florida State University Robert K. Godfrey Herbarium database. URL: Last accessed: July 2015. Collectors: Loran C. Anderson, Robert K. Godfrey, S. W. Leonard, Richard S. Mitchell, Angus Gholson, Wilson Baker, Cecil R Slaughter, T. MacClendon, - Boothes, Ann F. Johnson, Lisa Keppner, R. F. Doren, Annie Schmidt, Pamela Simpkins. States and Counties: Florida: Calhoun, Gadsden, Hernando, Hillsborough, Jackson, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, St. Johns, Taylor, Washington. Georgia: Thomas. Compiled by Tall Timbers Research Station and Land Conservancy.