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Maidenhair Spleenwort
Asplenium trichomanes

• Family: Aspleniaceae
• Habitat: shaded limestone, moss-covered outcrops
• Height: fronds 3-6 inches long
• Location of spores: few spore cases on undersides of leaflets
• Stipe (leaf stalk): dark purple-brown and wiry
• Growth pattern: asymmetric clump
• Persistence: evergreen

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Asplenium trichomanes


Maidenhair spleenwort fronds are often bent.


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


A group of maidenhair spleenworts in their typical habitat -- a mossy limestone cliff.


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