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Mountain Spleenwort
Asplenium montanum

Mountain spleenwort is rare in Connecticut; it is listed as a threatened species.

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

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


Last updated November 25, 2005. © 2005 Connecticut Botanical Society. All rights reserved.