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NC Native Plant Society:
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Asplenium platyneuron

Ebony spleenwort

Scientific Name:

Asplenium platyneuron

Genus:

Asplenium

Species Epithet:

platyneuron

Common Name:

Ebony spleenwort

Plant Type

Fern/Clubmoss/Allies

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Aspleniaceae (Spleenwort Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

0-1 ft.

Light:

Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day, Less than 2 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Dry, Moist

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Sandhills, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

moist to dry soils of forests, woodlands, old fields; also on outcrops, especially of calcareous rocks, at low to moderate elevations;

Leaf Retention:

Evergreen

Leaf Type:

Fern Frond

Leaf Form:

Nothing Specified

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

No known wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Suitable for home landscapes

Notes:

This small fern is lacy and evergreen so it provides year-round interest.

Growing on a brick wall!

Orange County, NC

Bettina Darveaux

Each plant has both sterile and fertile fronds, the fertile fronds are more erect and taller

Orange County, NC

Bettina Darveaux

Close-up of frond showing dark colored rachis

Orange County, NC

Bettina Darveaux

Underside of fertile frond showing sori

Orange County, NC

Bettina Darveaux

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

https://plants.ces.ncsu.edu/plants/asplenium-platyneuron/



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