Black Spleenwort - Asplenium adiantum-nigrum


    Plant with short rhizome that produces tufts of firm, triangular, shiny, dark green evergreen fronds, 10 to 40 cm long that are once to three times pinnate and have long, glossy, purplish-black stalks.

    Identification difficulty

    Rock crevices and walls.

    When to see it

    Spores ripe June to October.

    Life History

    Perennial - evergreen.

    UK Status

    Widespread and fairly frequent in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 61 of the 617 tetrads.

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