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Daisyleaf Grape Fern (Daisyleaf Moonwort)
Botrychium matricariifolium

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: 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
• Stipe (leaf stalk): pale green, fleshy, and fragile
• Growth pattern: single leaf
• Persistence: deciduous

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