Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Curly-grass Fern - Schizaea pusilla   PurshOnly member of Schizaea in NC.
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DistributionA single collection in 1997 from Brunswick County: Green Swamp at Driving Creek, upstream from NC 211. Growing under Atlantic White Cedar, with 3 species of Drosera. The NC plants, along with the 3 Drosera, were apparently planted by some carnivorous plant lover. See LeBlond & Weakley (2002) for a lengthy discussion.

Native of northeastern N.A., from Newf. to NJ; also Peru (!).
AbundanceVery rare.
HabitatSphagnum mound beneath Atlantic White Cedar.
Phenology
IdentificationVery unfernlike! Several to many skinny leaves up to 2 inches long form a tuft, and are curled in their outer halves. The frond or fertile leaf grows up to 5 inches, very slender, terminated by a folded blade with several pairs of short segments.
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