Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Spider Brake - Pteris multifida   Poiret
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DistributionCoastal Plain only, attached to old buildings in old cities and towns. First collected in 1923 in Wilmington, New Hanover County; it still persists there. Also collected in Goldsboro (Wayne County), Fayetteville (Cumberland County, extant), Wilson County, and New Bern (Craven County).

Native of the Old World tropics; in N.A. from NY to FL, TX, and AR.
HabitatOld brick walls with lime mortar. Not found on any other habitat in NC to date.
IdentificationThe fronds of Spider Brake may grow 6 inches to a foot long, with spaced branches. Each branch is narrow, simple or with 2-3 divisions.
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