Maidenhair Spleenwort - Asplenium trichomanes


A small tufted plant, the rhizome is short-creeping, often branched. It has a blackish glossy frond stalk and midrib and green fronds that are narrow, long, and once pinnate. 5-30 cm long. Pinnae: 20 to 35 pairs, opposite to sub opposite, oblong, round at apex. Sori long-oblong.

Identification difficulty

Walls and rocks.

When to see it

Spores ripe May to October.

Life History


UK Status

Widespread and fairly frequent throughout Britain.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 51 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