Bristle Fern

Bristle Fern Plant Information


Bristle Fern grows in the following 24 states:

Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Vermont, West Virginia, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Hawaii, Louisiana, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia

At least one species now is known to exist solely in its gametophytic stage. Trichomanes intricatum has no known sporophytes and is native to eastern North America.The name bristle fern refers to the small bristle that protrudes from the indusia of these ferns.Trichomanes is a large genus of ferns in the family Hymenophyllaceae, termed bristle ferns. Some botanists place it in its own family, Trichomanaceae. All ferns in the hymenophylloid clade are filmy ferns, with leaf tissue typically 2 cells thick. This thinness generally necessitates a permanently humid habitat, and makes the fronds somewhat translucent.

The genus Trichomanes contains about 300 mostly tropical species, including:
The following Trichomanes species names are not currently accepted:

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