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Connecticut Plants
Maidenhair Spleenwort
Asplenium trichomanes L.
  • Family: spleenwort (Aspleniaceae)
  • Habitat: shaded limestone, moss-covered outcrops
  • Height: fronds 3-6 inches long
  • Location of spores: few spore cases on undersides of leaflets
  • Petiole (leaf stalk): dark purple-brown and wiry
  • Growth pattern: asymmetric clump
  • Persistence: evergreen
  • Origin: native
Asplenium trichomanes L. ssp. quadrivalens D.E. Mey.
Asplenium trichomanes L. ssp. quadrivalens D.E. Mey.
Asplenium trichomanes L. ssp. quadrivalens D.E. Mey.

Maidenhair spleenwort fronds are often bent.

Asplenium trichomanes L. ssp. quadrivalens D.E. Mey.

Underside of a frond, showing the oblong sori (spore-bearing dots).

Asplenium trichomanes L. ssp. quadrivalens D.E. Mey.

A group of maidenhair spleenworts in their typical habitat -- a mossy limestone cliff.