Cut Leaved Grape Fern (Botrychium dissectum dissectum)
This tiny grape fern, Botrychium dissectum, has an unusual growing season, with the new frond emerging in July or August and dying back in late May or early June the next spring. The frond turns from green to a bronze color in the fall and stays ‘ever-bronze’ through the winter.
Also unusual is the fact that it grows in one of two forms, a skeletonized dissected leaf form, Botrychium dissectum dissectum shown here, or a broad leaf form Botrychium dissectum obliquum.
HERE is a shot of both forms of cut-leaved grape fern growing next to each other back in August before turning bronze in late fall.