Ophioglossum crotalophoroides Walt. - Bulbous Adder's Toungue
Family - Ophioglossaceae
Apex of fertile frond.
Flowering - February - May.
Habitat - Wet prairies, meadows, open, disturbed sites.
Origin - Native to North America.
Other information - This tiny species of fern really doesn't resemble a fern in the typical sense of the word. The plant has an underground bulbous stem and 2-3 sterile fronds which resemble typically leaves of dicot plants. The erect, fertile fronds are very typical of the genus, however.
Photographs taken off Lee Rd 243, Smith's Station, AL., 2-26-06