Comptonia peregrina

ClassificationDicots
FamilyMyricaceae
Family (Traditional)Myricaceae
GenusComptonia
SpeciesComptonia peregrina (L.) J. M. Coult.
Common NameSweet fern
Growth Habitshrub
Plant NotesLeaf Persistance: Deciduous; Habit: shrub; Woody/Herbaceous: woody; Terrestrial/Aquatic: Terrestrial;
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate; Simple/Compound: Simple; Leaf Type: Broadleaf; Leaf Veination: Pinnate; Petiole Type: Petiolate; Leaf/Leaflet Shapes: Narrowly Elliptic;Narrowly Oblong;Pinnately Lobed; Leaf/Leaflet Apex Shape: Acute;Obtuse; Leaf/Leaflet Base Shape: Acute;Cuneate;Obtuse;Rounded; Leaf/Leaflet Margins: Lobed and Entire; Leaf Fragrance: Aromatic;
Hypanthium: No; Perianth Absent: No; Flower Color2: White; Fruit Color: Brown ;
*Average C-Value: 5.4
C value 5
StatusNative; TN[S1] KY[S1] (State Rank); G5 (Global Rank)
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** Not applicable or data not available.

Species Distribution Map

This species has been reported in the counties highlighted in the interactive distribution map below. Click on a county to display the its name. Click the question mark icon () to view additional information about the ecoregions shown. In the map legend, there are links to toggle the visibility of the ecoregions and/or their labels. In addition, clicking on an ecoregion name will highlight that region on the map.

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Ecoregions
  • Southeastern Plains
    • Blackland Prarie
  • Blue Ridge Mountains
  • Ridge and Valley
  • Cumberland Plateau
  • Cumberland Mountains
  • Allegheny Plateau
  • Interior Plateau
    • Bluegrass Region
    • Nashville Basin
    • Pennyroyal Karst Plain
    • Western Highland Rim
    • Eastern Highland Rim

Synonyms

SynonymFull Citation
Comptonia asplenifolia Comptonia asplenifolia (L.) L'Hér. ex Aiton
Comptonia peregrina var. asplenifolia Comptonia peregrina var. asplenifolia

Specimens and Distribution

This species has been reported in the following counties by the herbaria listed. An overview of the individual specimens are provided in the table that follows. Click on the accession number to view details; click on column headers to sort.

Counties included on distribution map: Laurel (KY), McCreary (KY), Madison (KY), Woodford (KY), Scott (TN)

Herbaria represented by specimen data listed below: APSC, BEREA, EKY, KNK, TENN

Range of years during which specimens were collected: 1984 - 1987

Accession No. (click for full details) County State Coll. Date Collector &
Collection No.
Herbarium &
Herbarium Name Used
31234100535325 Laurel Kentucky max E. Medley
EKY
Comptonia peregrina
BEREA016923 Madison Kentucky
BEREA
Comptonia peregrina
TENN-V-0077118 McCreary Kentucky
TENN
Comptonia peregrina
APSC0071490 Laurel Kentucky 02 Oct 1987 Max Medley
APSC
Comptonia peregrina
31234100535341 Madison Kentucky Ronald L. Jones
EKY
Comptonia peregrina
31234100733656 McCreary Kentucky M. Medley
EKY
Comptonia peregrina
31234100535333 Laurel Kentucky Rob Jacobs
EKY
Comptonia peregrina
BEREA016924 McCreary Kentucky
BEREA
Comptonia peregrina
TENN-V-0077097 Scott Tennessee
TENN
Comptonia peregrina
TENN-V-0077095 Scott Tennessee
TENN
Comptonia peregrina
31234100535366 McCreary Kentucky B. Eugene Wofford
EKY
Comptonia peregrina
TENN-V-0077096 Scott Tennessee
TENN
Comptonia peregrina
APSC0076476 McCreary Kentucky 25 Jun 1984 Max Medley
APSC
Comptonia peregrina
APSC0110521 Woodford Kentucky
APSC
Comptonia peregrina
31234100535416 Scott Tennessee Thomas S. Patrick
EKY
Comptonia peregrina
31234100535358 Madison Kentucky Ronald L. Jones
EKY
Comptonia peregrina
31234100535408 Scott Tennessee Joey Shaw
EKY
Comptonia peregrina
BEREA016922 Madison Kentucky
BEREA
Comptonia peregrina
31973000016372 McCreary Kentucky
KNK
Comptonia peregrina
TENN-V-0077094 Scott Tennessee
TENN
Comptonia peregrina
TENN-V-0077119 McCreary Kentucky
TENN
Comptonia peregrina
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Plant Photos

Comptonia peregrina - Joey Shaw
Comptonia peregrina - Joey Shaw
Comptonia peregrina - Joey Shaw
Comptonia peregrina - Joey Shaw
Comptonia peregrina - Joey Shaw
Comptonia peregrina - Joey Shaw
Comptonia peregrina - Joey Shaw
Comptonia peregrina - Joey Shaw
Comptonia peregrina - Tara Littlefield
Comptonia peregrina - Tara Littlefield
Comptonia peregrina - Tara Littlefield
Comptonia peregrina - Tara Littlefield