Adder’s Tongue Fern

Species Name: Ophioglossum pusillum

Image Source: http://plants.usda.gov/core/profile?symbol=OPPU3
Image Source: http://plants.usda.gov/core/profile?symbol=OPPU3

Species Distribution in Massachusetts

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Federal Rank: None

Massachusetts State Rank: Threatened

Habitat Description

Boggy meadows, acidic fens, borders of marshes, wet fields, and moist woodland clearings.

Threats to Survival

Threats from succession of habitat into forest and invasive species.

Actions Recommended to Ensure Survival

Singly yearly mowings taking place in the spring will allow the plant to grow and produce spores at their sites and removal of invasive species.