Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Spider Brake - Pteris multifida   Poiret
Members of Pteridaceae:
Only member of Pteris in NC.
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AuthorPoiret
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), and New Bern (Craven County).

Native of the Old World tropics; in N.A. from NY to FL, TX, and AR.
AbundanceRare.
HabitatOld brick walls with lime mortar. Not found on any other habitat in NC to date.
Phenology
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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Global RankG5
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