Mt. Rainier

Mt. Rainier Flora -- Sceptridium multifidum -- (Leathery Grapefern)

photos by Susan McDougall


Sceptridium multifidum

The most common and largest Grapfern at the Park, this species is not a true fern at all. The plants have a single blade and a spore-bearing structure that rises above the leaf. The sporangia resemble little grapes.

Location: Box Canyon, Mount Rainier National Park

Date: August 3, 2014

Author: Susan McDougall
Box Canyon, Mount Rainier National Park
GPS: 46.7666, -121.6348, 3128
Date: August 3, 2014
Sceptridium multifidum

The stout blades persist into the next growing season. Leathery Grapefern grows in moist meadows and along forest edges. Formerly known as Botrychium multifidum.

Location: White River entrance, Mount Rainier National Park

Date: June 20, 2014

Author: Susan McDougall
White River entrance, Mount Rainier National Park
GPS: 46.9015, -121.5555
Date: June 20, 2014

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