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Wavy Cloak Fern

Astrolepis sinuata

Photo © by Michael Plagens

Photographed in King's Canyon, Tucson Mountains, Pima Co., Arizona. February 2012.

FERN: In the shadows of boulders and cliffs where the sun shines infrequently during the cooler months. Fronds may reach 24 cm in length. Obscure once extended drought has set in.

LEAVES: The fronds are long and straight-narrow with oval leaflets that are wavy-margined. The upper surfaces are green and the lower whitish.

Photo © by Michael Plagens


RANGE: In dry mountains from the Sonoran Desert into the Chihuahuan Desert of western Texas and south into Mexico.

Pteridaceae -- Maidenhair Fern Family

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