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Wilson's Filmy Fern

Hymenophyllum wilsonii

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Plant Data

Order:
Hymenophyllales
Family:
Hymenophyllaceae (Filmy Fern)
Also in this family:
Type:
Fern
Life Cycle:
Perennial
Maximum Size:
12 centimetres tall
Habitats:
Cliffs, rocks, walls, woodland.
Flower:
Ferns do not produce flowers.
Fruit:
The spores are in long-stalked pouches near the tips of the leaves. The spores ripen in June and July. The spore pouches are longer stalked than those of Tunbridge Filmy Fern (Hymenophyllum tunbrigense).
Leaves:
A perennial, mat-forming fern. Similar in appearance to Tunbridge Filmy Fern (Hymenophyllum tunbrigense) but with darker green leaves (fronds) which are not flattened and not as forked. The leaf lobes are also longer and unlike Tunbridge Filmy Fern, the veins reach the tips of their leaves.
Frequency (UK):
Occasionally seen  
Similar Species:
Distribution Map

Reproduced by kind permission of the BSBI.

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