Hairy lipfern is endangered in the state of Connecticut.
- Family: maidenhair fern (Pteridaceae)
- Habitat: rock ledges and rocky slopes
- Height: 6-14 inches
- Location of spores: underside of fronds, partly covered by the rolled edges of the leaf
- Petiole (leaf stalk): dark brown or purple, hairy, wiry, and brittle
- Growth pattern: asymmetric clump
- Persistence: deciduous
- Origin: native
The photo above shows a cultivated plant, growing in the New England Wild Flower Society's botanical garden.
Underside of a frond, showing the spore-bearing structures (brown).
Closeup of the underside of a frond. The round, dark brown structures are sporangia, each of which contains 64 spores. Note the long tan hairs on both leaf blade and rachis.