Parry's Lip Fern

Cheilanthes parryi

Photo by Stan Shebs

Photo of Cheilanthes parryi in a rock crevice on the west side of Las Vegas, Nevada, just outside Red Rock Canyon, taken March 2005. This photo is hosted at Wikimedia where there are additional images by Stan .

FRONDS: The ultimate frond segments are finely divided ... appearing as 'beads'. Both the upper and lower surfaces are finely pubescent.

FERN: The fern grows from beneath boulders in temporary damp. Fronds may curl and turn brownish reviving when moisture returns.

RANGE: Fairly common in the Sonoran Desert of Arizona on rocky slopes where there is shade and temporary seeps of moisture.


Pteridaceae -- Maidenhair Fern Family

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