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Connecticut Plants
Mountain Spleenwort
Asplenium montanum Willd.

Mountain spleenwort is rare in Connecticut; it is listed as a species of special concern.

  • Family: spleenwort (Aspleniaceae)
  • Habitat: acidic soil in crevices on shaded cliffs
  • Height: 4 inches
  • Location of spores: underside of frond
  • Petiole (leaf stalk): brown at base, green above; smooth, slender, and fragile
  • Growth pattern: asymmetric clump
  • Persistence: deciduous
  • Origin: native
Asplenium montanum Willd.
Asplenium montanum Willd.

Underside of a frond. The sori (spore-bearing dots) are oblong, but they often run together, making their shape hard to discern.