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Aspleniaceae / Spleenwort
Ebony Spleenwort (Asplenium platyneuron)
Plant Type: This is a fern, it is a perennial.
Leaves: Leaves can reach 50cm in length (20inches). Leaves can be as wide as 5 cm (2inches). Each leaf is divided. The sterile leaves are much smaller than the fertile ones. The indusia are translucent and whitish with a somewhat ragged edge.
Flowers: No flowers
Habitat: Epipetric and in subacid soil.
Range: All of the eastern U. S. and Canada and as far west as Colorado.

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Similar Species: Many members of the Spleenworts (Asplenium genus) are very similar in gereral apperance but most exhibit clear differences in the indusia it being either opaque, greenish and/or having a smooth edge.



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More Info:  
The Search below may provide more information about this species. Some of URLs may have been used as a source for this page not otherwise cited. Most of the information not cited comes from multiple sources that can be found in the Books page. The USDA plant links are provided by: USDA, NRCS 1999. The PLANTS database (http://plants.usda.gov/). National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA. You can check species names at ITIS Advanced Search to see if they meet the current ITIS taxonomic criteria.
 

By: Boughton Cobb and Illustrated by Laura Louise Foster. 1963, ISBN:0395194318

The relatively small number of ferns as compared to flowering plants make possible this book that is both a technical manual and portable field guide. The illustrated key is excellent and the pen and ink drawings of most species covered are, detailed, accurate and beautiful. A bibliography by states and regions is provided.



By: David B. Lellinger. , ISBN:0874746035

This exhaustive work describes over 400 species, subspecies and varieties and includes color photos for most. The author is the Curator of Ferns at the Smithsonian Institution and A Murray Evans, Professor of Botany at the University of Tennessee took the excellent photographs traveling all over North America to accomplish the task. If you want to know the ferns this is a must have book.



Classification:  
Kingdom
Pteridophyta
|Division
Pteridophyta
Fern
|Class
Filicopsida
|Subclass

|Order
Polypodiales
|Family
Aspleniaceae
Spleenwort
|Subfamily

|Tribe

|Genus
Asplenium
Spleenworts

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