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fern Maidenhair Spleenwort Ferns

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Scientific name:  Asplenium trichomanes

Size:  Grows to about 20cm

Distribution:  Found throughout the UK.  More frequent in the west and north

Flowering months:  Doesn't flower, but can be seen all year round

Habitat:  Grows from cracks in walls amd rocks

Special features:  Maidenhair Spleenwort Ferns may have several fronds growing out of a central rosette.  The fronds have pairs of oval, jagged-edged leaflets growing along shiny dark brown, almost black, stalks.  Dark brown spores appear on the back of each leaflet from May to October.

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