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Connecticut Plants
Silvery Glade Fern (Silvery Spleenwort)
Deparia acrostichoides (Sw.) M. Kato

Silvery spleenwort gets its name from the sori, which are nearly white when young and give the fronds a silvery sheen. Young fronds are yellow-green in color (see photo below).

  • Synonyms: Athyrium thelypteroides, Diplazium acrostichoides
  • Family: cliff fern (Woodsiaceae)
  • Habitat: rich, moist woods
  • Height: 3 feet
  • Location of spores: underside of frond (see second photo below)
  • Petiole (leaf stalk): green and covered with short, pale hairs; dark and slightly scaly at the base
  • Growth pattern: asymmetric clump
  • Persistence: deciduous
  • Origin: native
Deparia acrostichoides (Sw.) M. Kato
Deparia acrostichoides (Sw.) M. Kato

A group of silvery glade ferns.

Deparia acrostichoides (Sw.) M. Kato

Early in summer, the fronds have a light, yellow-green color.

Deparia acrostichoides (Sw.) M. Kato

Underside of a frond, showing the sori (spore-bearing structures). Silvery glade fern sori are oblong and arranged like a sergeant's stripes.