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Pteridium aquilinum var. pseudocaudatum

Pteridium aquilinum (L.) Kuhn var. pseudocaudatum (Clute) A. Heller

Pteridium latiusculum (Desv.) Hieron. var. pseudocaudatum (Clute) Maxon


KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
ClassFilicopsida“Leptosporangiate” (has to do with how their spores form) ferns—includes most ferns
OrderPolypodialesPolypod ferns
FamilyDennstaedtiaceaeAfter August William Dennstedt (1776-1826), German physician and botanist, burgomaster of Magdala, director of the Belvedere garden near Weimar, and author of a work entitled Hortus Belvedereanus, a compilation of some 1500 plants. I have no information as to why the family name is spelled differently than his name
GenusPteridiumA diminutive of Pteris, a fern genus
SpeciesaquilinumFrom aquila, “eagle,” and the suffix ium, “characteristic of,” hence indicating a connection or resemblance

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Pteridium aquilinum var. pseudocaudatum description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 12 Oct 2018.

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Pteridium aquilinum

4/11/2015 · Big Cypress National Preserve, FL
≈ 15 × 10" (37 × 25 cm)

Pteridium aquilinum

4/11/2015 · Big Cypress National Preserve, FL
≈ 10 × 15" (25 × 37 cm)


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