Hart's-tongue - Asplenium scolopendrium

    Alternative names
    Hart's Tongue Fern, Phyllitis scolopendrium

    Unique amongst British ferns in having strap-shaped, evergreen, undivided leaves. It is a tufted plant with fronds 10 to 60 cm long and 3 to 6 cm wide, rich, glossy green above with stems up to half the length of the leaf blade. Sori are linear 1 to 3 cm long borne in pairs.

    Identification difficulty

    Damp and shady places, woods, hills and banks, walls and rocks.

    When to see it

    All year round but spores ripen July and August.

    Life History

    Perennial and evergreen.

    UK Status

    Frequent throughout most of Britain except Northern Scotland.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent in damp shady places in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 76 of the 617 tetrads.

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