Cheilanthes feei Moore

Slender Lip Fern

Cheilanthes feei plant

Family - Pteridaceae

Stems - No info. yet.

Leaves - No info. yet.

Cheilanthes feei leaf

Cheilanthes feei leafAdaxial surface of leaf.

Inflorescence - No info. yet.

Flowers - No flowers, plants reproducing by spores.

Cheilanthes feei soriAbaxial surface of pinna with sori.

Flowering - May - October.

Habitat - Crevices and cracks of dry limestone and dolomite bluffs and boulders, outcrops of dolomite glades.

Origin - Native to U.S.

Other info. - This little species can be found mainly in the Ozark region of Missouri and is also found in some northeastern counties. The plant is easy to identify because of its habitat and small size. The small, round pinnules are another good characteristic to look for when trying to identify this species.

Photographs taken in the Ozark Scenic Riverways, Shannon County, MO., 5-28-03.