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Botrychium simplex E. Hitchc.
little grapefern

General Information
Symbol: BOSI
Group: Fern
Family: Ophioglossaceae
Duration: Perennial
Growth Habit: Forb/herb
Native Status: CAN   N
GL   N
L48   N
AK   N
Data Source and Documentation
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Native Status:
lower 48 status L48    Alaska status AK    Hawaii status HI    Puerto Rico status PR    Virgin Islands status VI    Canada status CAN    Greenland status GL    Saint Pierre and Michelon status SPM   


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Symbol Scientific Name
BOTE10 Botrychium tenebrosum A.A. Eaton
BOSIS2 Botrychium simplex E. Hitchc. ssp. simplex
BOSIC Botrychium simplex E. Hitchc. var. compositum (Lasch) Milde
BOSIT Botrychium simplex E. Hitchc. var. tenebrosum (A.A. Eaton) R.T. Clausen
BOSIT2 Botrychium simplex E. Hitchc. ssp. typicum R.T. Clausen
BOSIL Botrychium simplex E. Hitchc. var. laxifolium (R.T. Clausen) Fernald


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Rank Scientific Name and Common Name
Kingdom Plantae – Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Division Pteridophyta – Ferns
Class Filicopsida
Order Ophioglossales
Family Ophioglossaceae – Adder's-tongue family
Genus Botrychium Sw. – grapefern
Species Botrychium simplex E. Hitchc. – little grapefern

Subordinate Taxa

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Legal Status

Threatened and Endangered Information:
This plant is listed by the U.S. federal government or a state. Common names are from state and federal lists. Click on a place name to get a complete protected plant list for that location.
little grape fern
Special Concern
grape fern
least grape-fern
little grapefern
small grape-fern
Endangered, Extirpated
New York
least moonwort
Exploitably Vulnerable
least grape-fern
Rhode Island
dwarf grape-fern
Special Concern
little grape-fern

Wetland Status

Interpreting Wetland Status

Top Level Regions
Alaska FACU
Arid West FAC
Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plain FACU
Eastern Mountains and Piedmont FACU
Great Plains FAC
Midwest FAC
Northcentral & Northeast FAC
Western Mountains, Valleys, and Coast FAC



Source Large Mammals Small Mammals Water Birds Terrestrial Birds


Source Large Mammals Small Mammals Water Birds Terrestrial Birds

Description of Values

Value Class Food Cover