Asplenium rhizophyllum L. - Walking Fern

Asplenium rhizophyllum plant

Family - Aspleniaceae

Stems - No info. yet.

Leaves - No info. yet.

Inflorescence - No info. yet.

Flowers - No flowers, plants reproducing by spores.

Asplenium rhizophyllum soriAbaxial surface of leaf with sori.

Flowering - Spores produced May - October.

Habitat - Ledges and crevices of shaded dolomite and limestone bluffs and boulders.

Origin - Native to U.S.

Other info. - This attractive fern can be found throughout much of Missouri but is less common in the northern half of the state. The plant is very easy to identify because of its long-tapering leaves which root at the tips and give rise to new plants. Because of this, the plant has acquired the common name "Walking Fern."
A synonym is Camptosorus rhizophyllus (L.) Link

Photographs taken near Spout Spring, Carter County, MO., 6-22-03.