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
A group of silvery glade ferns.
Early in summer, the fronds have a light, yellow-green color.
Underside of a frond, showing the sori (spore-bearing structures). Silvery glade fern sori are oblong and arranged like a sergeant's stripes.