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Plant Details

Asplenium rhizophyllum

Walking Fern

Scientific Name:

Asplenium rhizophyllum

Common Name:

Walking Fern

Plant Family

Aspleniaceae (Spleenwort Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Type:

Fern/Clubmoss/Allies

Size in Feet:

.25

Light:

Shade

Soil Moisture:

Mesic(*)

Bloom Area:

Mountains, Piedmont

Habitat Description:

Moist outcrops of calcareous sedimentary, calcareous metamorphic, or mafic metamorphic rocks, such as limestone, dolostone, calcareous siltstone, amphibolite, mostly at low to moderate elevations,
rarely to 1500 m or higher.

State Rank:

S3 - 21-100 Extant Populations - Rare or uncommon in NC (*)

Global Rank:

G5 - 1000+ Extant Populations - Demonstrably secure in the world (*)

Notes:

The long, lance-shaped leaves of the Walking Fern bend over and form roots for another plant, causing it to "walk".

Plant

Usually on moss covered limestone boulders or rock crevices

image

New River State Park

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


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