Thursday, October 11, 2012

Spleenworts


Maidenhair Spleenwort is my favourite of all the ferns - what a delicate little beauty to decorate our walls.
maidenhair spleenwort

Black Spleenwort is the most common - a lush thick fern.
Black spleenwort - Asplenium adiantum-nigrum

Lanceolate Spleenwort - longer, narrower, more delicate fronds than the black spleenwort with a distinct floppiness.
lanceolate spleenwort

This mess is a possible hybrid Black X Lanceolate Spleenwort
possible Guernsey Spleenwort

Wall-Rue or Parsley Fern is a more delicate little fern
wall-rue

This is not one from the lanes around my house - the Sea Spleenwort grows as its name suggests by the sea (note the thick, waxy, saltspray-proof leaves), this is the only inland specimen I'm aware of growing on a church wall.
sea spleenwort

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