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Hart's-tongue Fern

Asplenium scolopendrium

Plant Data

Order:
Polypodiales
Family:
Aspleniaceae (Spleenwort)
Flowers:
No flowers. Ferns reproduce by spores.
Fruit:
Spores appear in conspicuous stripes on the underside of fronds.
Leaves:
Evergreen. Grows in clumps. Long, glossy tongue-shaped fronds with pointed tips. The 'scolopendrium' part of the botanical name means 'centipede' and comes from the markings on the underside of the fronds which are said to resemble centipede legs. The markings on the undersides of the fronds are the spores.
Maximum Size:
45cm tall.
Foraging Notes:
Not edible.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Other Names:
Hart's-tongue, Spleenwort.
Habitats:
Ditches, gardens, hedgerows, walls, woodland.