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Sea Spleenwort

Asplenium marinum

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Plant Data

Order:
Polypodiales
Family:
Aspleniaceae (Spleenwort)
Type:
Fern
Life Cycle:
Perennial
Maximum Size:
20 centimetres tall
Habitats:
Cliffs, rocks, sea cliffs, seaside, walls.
Flower:
Ferns do not produce flowers.
Fruit:
The spores are ripe in every month in the British Isles, except for mid-July to mid-August.
Leaves:
1-pinnate, oblong leaves (fronds). The leaflets are oval. Bright green, leathery, tufted leaves (fronds). Often found growing in the cracks of walls and cliffs that are exposed to sea spray. Evergreen. Similar in appearance to Maidenhair Spleenwort (Asplenium capillus-veneris) and Green Spleenwort (Asplenium viride) but Sea Spleenwort is a maritime plant with longer leaves (and leaflets).
Frequency (UK):
Occasionally seen  
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