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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