Perhaps that is one reason I found quite a few of the Ebony Spleenworts growing on this sandstone outcrop on Shale Ridge.
|Ebony Spleenwort - Asplenium platyneuron on a rock outcrop|
|Ebony Spleenwort - Asplenium platyneuron|
In the picture below, a couple of acorn caps (to the right and above the fern) give it some scale.
Christmas Fern in my last post.
Anyway, back to some identifying features of the Ebony Spleenwort. It has alternating, eared leaflets (pinnae) similar to the Christmas Fern
The sori, or fruitdots, look like this...
The Ebony Spleenwort is just one of the many notable things in this snapshot of a small spot in the big, wide world.
Next post, I'll focus on the rock outcrop there in the background.