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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

The Scientific Name is Asplenium platyneuron. You will likely hear them called Ebony spleenwort. This picture shows the Growing on a brick wall! of Asplenium platyneuron

Bettina Darveaux

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

Orange County, NC

The Scientific Name is Asplenium platyneuron. You will likely hear them called Ebony spleenwort. This picture shows the Each plant has both sterile and fertile fronds, the fertile fronds are more erect and taller of Asplenium platyneuron

Bettina Darveaux

Close-up of frond showing dark colored rachis

Orange County, NC

The Scientific Name is Asplenium platyneuron. You will likely hear them called Ebony spleenwort. This picture shows the Close-up of frond showing dark colored rachis of Asplenium platyneuron

Bettina Darveaux

Underside of fertile frond showing sori

Orange County, NC

The Scientific Name is Asplenium platyneuron. You will likely hear them called Ebony spleenwort. This picture shows the Underside of fertile frond showing sori of Asplenium platyneuron

Bettina Darveaux

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

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



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