Asplenium platyneuron (L.) B.S.P. - Ebony Spleenwort


 

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Asplenium platyneuron - (image 1 of 5)

 

Taxonomy

Family: Aspleniaceae

Habitat

Shaded woods, fields and along banks. Slightly acid, sandy or rocky, well-drained soils. Also on steep, north-facing seepage slopes.

Associates

 

Distribution

Quebec and Ontario west to southeast MN, KS, and CO, south to FL, TX, and AZ.

Morphology

Semi-evergreen from a rootstock 2-3.5 mm thick. Fertile leaves erect; rachis dark brown; leaflets alternate, toothed or serrate, eared. Sterile leaflets short and pendent.

Notes

Fruiting June to July

Wetland Indicator: Facultative Upland

Resembles a slender Christmas fern.

References

Gleason, Henry A. and A. Cronquist. 1991. Manual of Vascular Plants of Northeastern United States and Adjacent Canada. Second Ed.

The New York Botanical Garden. Bronx, NY

 

Swink, F. and G. Wilhelm. 1994. Plants of the Chicago Region.
Indiana Academy of Science. The Morton Arboretum. Lisle, Illinois.

 


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