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Connecticut Plants
Daisyleaf Grape Fern (Daisyleaf Moonwort)
Botrychium matricariifolium (Döll) A. Braun ex Koch

Daisyleaf grape fern is difficult to find because of its small size -- under a foot tall. It produces only a single frond each year, with a sterile portion that resembles a daisy leaf, and a taller fertile portion. Daisyleaf grape fern grows in northern regions across North America and Eurasia.

  • Family: adder's-tongue (Ophioglossaceae)
  • Habitat: rich woods and thickets in slightly acidic or neutral soil
  • Height: 4-12 inches
  • Location of spores: separate fertile portion of frond, which branches from the sterile portion at the base of the blade
  • Petiole (leaf stalk): pale green, fleshy, and fragile
  • Growth pattern: single leaf
  • Persistence: deciduous
  • Origin: native
Botrychium matricariifolium (A. Braun ex Dowell) A. Braun ex Koch
Botrychium matricariifolium (A. Braun ex Dowell) A. Braun ex Koch