Botrychium pallidum — pale moonwort
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New England distribution
Adapted from BONAP data
Non-native: introduced (intentionally or unintentionally); has become naturalized.
County documented: documented to exist in the county by evidence (herbarium specimen, photograph). Also covers those considered historical (not seen in 20 years).
State documented: documented to exist in the state, but not documented to a county within the state. Also covers those considered historical (not seen in 20 years).
Note: when native and non-native populations both exist in a county, only native status is shown on the map.
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Pale moonwort has a limited and sporadic distribution in North America. In New England it is found only in a single location in Washington County, Maine, in an open field. As its name suggests, this species is whitish-green to pale green.
Anthropogenic (man-made or disturbed habitats), meadows and fields
- New England state
- Features of leaves
- there are no special features on the leaves
- New England state
- Specific habitat
- man-made or disturbed habitats
- meadows or fields
New England distribution and conservation status
- New Hampshire
- Rhode Island
Exact status definitions can vary from state to state. For details, please check with your state.
- extremely rare (S-rank: S1), endangered (code: E)
Native to North America?
Sometimes confused with
- Botrychium minganense:
- plants green to yellow-green or blue-green in life, and the lower vegetative leaflets entire to crenate or lobed, when lobed, the lobes usually +/- equal (vs. B. pallidum, with plants pale glaucous-green to white-green in life, and the lower vegetative leaflets frequently cleft into 2 unequal lobes with the upper lobe larger).
From the dichotomous key of Flora Novae Angliae
10. Botrychium pallidum W.H. Wagner NC
pale moonwort. ME; single location in Washington County, ME. Open fields.