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Ebony Spleenwort
Asplenium platyneuron

Ebony spleenwort looks something like a smaller, more delicate version of Christmas fern, though the two ferns are not closely related. To identify ebony spleenwort, look for a smooth, glossy red-brown stem. The fertile fronds grow very erect, while the sterile fronds are shorter and more horizontal.

• Family: Aspleniaceae
• Habitat: rocky woods
• Height: 15 inches
• Location of spores: underside of fronds (see second photo)
• Stipe (leaf stalk): glossy red-brown, smooth, and brittle
• Growth pattern: asymmetric clump
• Persistence: evergreen

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Asplenium platyneuron


Underside of a fertile frond, showing the oblong sori (spore-bearing structures).


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