Wall-rue - Asplenium ruta-muraria

    Alt Name
    Wall Rue

    Small tufted fern, the fronds triangular-ovate in outline and long stalked, Pinnae no more than 5 on each side, yet the lowest is itself pinnate, with up to 5 segments, pinnae quickly decreasing in complexity as you move towards the top. Other features: shape of segments very variable but each is toothed above the middle.

    Identification difficulty

    Mortared walls, and rocky places

    When to see it

    All year round, spores ripe June to October

    Life History

    Evergreen perennial

    UK Status

    Common throughout Britain but less so in the north.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 99 of the 617 tetrads.

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