Fern of the Day: Ebony Spleenwort

Asplenium platyneuron

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right: a not typical looking ebony spleenwort
(note the circinate vernation)

 

 

 

 

below: a fairly typical looking ebony spleenwort

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The spleenworts are known to hybridize freely, making field identification difficult.  In this case, the stipe and lower part of the rachis were black, suggesting ebony spleenwort

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but it’s impossible to know for sure.

At any rate I wanted to post this because the plant looks neat and I love the pictures.  Also to get the earworm “ebony spleenwort” out of my head.  Note that I got the phrase “circinate vernation” out, too.

 

 

 

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