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PARSLEY FERN

Cryptogramma crispa

Parsley Fern Family [Cryptogrammaceae]  
Formerly in: Maidenhair Family [Adiantaceae]


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14th June 2013, Cwm Idwal, North Wales. Photo: © Dawn Nelson
Fertile (thinner) and sterile (barren) fronds together.


19th May 2006, In wall, High Tilberthwaite, Nr Coniston. Photo: © RWD
Barren Fronds


19th May 2006, In wall, High Tilberthwaite, Nr Coniston. Photo: © RWD
Barren Fronds


19th May 2006, In wall, High Tilberthwaite, Nr Coniston. Photo: © RWD
Barren Fronds


19th May 2006, In wall, High Tilberthwaite, Nr Coniston. Photo: © RWD
Barren Fronds


8th June 2007, Sticks Pass, Greenside Mines, Cumbria. Photo: © RWD
Barren Fronds


11th June 2004, Kirk Stone, Kirkstone Pass. Photo: © RWD
Fertile Fronds


11th June 2004, Kirk Stone, Kirkstone Pass. Photo: © RWD
Fertile Fronds


11th June 2004, Kirk Stone, Kirkstone Pass. Photo: © RWD
Fertile Fronds


8th June 2007, Sticks Pass, Greenside Mines, Cumbria. Photo: © RWD
Fertile Fronds


10th July 2009, Seathwaite, Borrowdale, Cumbria. Photo: © RWD
Fertile fronds & barren fronds side by side showing the colour and shape differences. They can also differ in their pinnateness, the former tending to be +1 pinnate higher.


7th June 2013, Seathwaite, Borrowdale, Cumbria. Photo: © RWD
Fertile Fronds - the obverse. The spores form inside the curled-up edges.


1st Nov 2013, Tilberthwaite, Little Langdale, Cumbria. Photo: © RWD
Fertile Fronds - obverse. The sporangia are yellow and mature around mid-summer.

Slight resemblance to : Wall-rue from afar.

Was previously in the Maidenhair Family Family [Adiantaceae] but has now been placed in the Cryptogrammaceae Family, which itself is within the Pteridaceae Family.

It grows mainly in the west of the UK on acidic rocks where the snow can lie until late in the year such as on the sides of granite drystone walls in Cumbria, cliffs, and as a pioneering species on stable scree-slopes and sometimes old mine tailings as long as they are acidic.

The sterile leaves are 2-3 pinnate whereas the fertile fronds are 3-4 pinnate.


  Cryptogramma crispa  ⇐ Global Aspect ⇒ Cryptogrammaceae/Pteridaceae 

Distribution
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Cryptogramma
(Parsley Fern)

PARSLEY FERN

Cryptogramma crispa

Parsley Fern Family [Cryptogrammaceae]  
Formerly in: Maidenhair Family [Adiantaceae]

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