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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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map