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Small Adder's Tongue Fern

Ophioglossum azoricum

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Plant Data

Order:
Ophioglossales
Family:
Ophioglossaceae (Adder's-tongue)
Type:
Fern
Life Cycle:
Perennial
Maximum Size:
8 centimetres tall
Habitats:
Cliffs, grassland, heathland, sand dunes, sea cliffs, seaside.
Flower:
Flowerless. Ferns reproduce by means of spores and not flowers.
Fruit:
Spores ripen in July and August.
Leaves:
The frond is a single, pointed leaf blade, appearing between May and November. Similar looking to Adder's Tongue (Ophioglossum vulgatum) but with narrower leaves (fronds).
Frequency (UK):
Unusual  
Distribution Map

Reproduced by kind permission of the BSBI.

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