Wall-rue - Asplenium ruta-muraria

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

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