1-1 Aspleniaceae, spleenwort family

Marian C. Munro, Ruth E. Newell, Nicholas M. Hill


This is a monogeneric family of diverse ferns. Our two species are both of rocky habitats, arising and spreading on fibrous roots. Stipes are very scaly, the fronds pinnate with a few scales and glandular pubescence. Sori are arranged along the veins. Indusia are present, with one side attached. Of 700 species, only two are found in Nova Scotia. Photographs by Carl Munden, Roger Lloyd and Sean Blaney.


Pteridophyte, spleenwort, Asplenium, fern, species-at-risk

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