Leathery Grape Fern
- Synonyms: Sceptridium multifidum
- Family: adder's-tongue (Ophioglossaceae)
- Habitat: meadows, open woods
- Height: 4 to 16 inches
- Location of spores: separate fertile section of the frond, which branches from the sterile portion near the ground
- Petiole (leaf stalk): green or brownish, smooth
- Growth pattern: single leaf
- Persistence: evergreen
- Origin: native
A leathery grape fern with a sterile leaf; this plant has not developed the fertile, spore-bearing leaf segment. Photographed in late June in Shenandoan National Park, Virginia.
Close-up of part of a frond, showing the thick, leathery texture.