Delicate ferns that mostly grow in rocky locations

Asplenium spleenwort

Spleenworts are delicate ferns with slender, usually dark, wiry and tough stipes.  Many of the species grow on rocks or rocky locations with delicate fronds hanging from ledges and crevices.

Fertile and sterile fronds tend to be similar.  Fronds normally grow in clusters with various degrees of pinnae dissection.

Rocks, rock crevices, or general rocky places, sometimes woods for some species.

Range is from Maine to Florida and westward to Gulf States and southern Wisconsin

Wetland Code: FACU

This genus was originally in the family Polypodiaceae.

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Asplenium spleenwort

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