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Aspidotis densa (Brack.) Lellinger
Cliff brake, Indian's dream, Rock brake
Pteridaceae (Maidenhair Fern Family)
Synonym(s): Cheilanthes siliquosa, Cryptogramma densa, Onychium densum, Pellaea densa
USDA Symbol: ASDE6
USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)
A low, densely tufted fern, 4-6 in. high, with fronds broadly triangular in outline. Each evergreen frond is dissected into many shiny, dark-green, linear leaflets.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Not Applicable
Bloom Notes: Not a flowering plant. Reproduces by spores.
, WY Canada: BC Native Distribution:
S. B.C. to mts. of San Luis Obispo & Kern Cos., CA,
inland to n.w. MT; disjunct in the Wasatch Mts. of UT,
in s. Ont., and in the Gaspe region of Que. Native Habitat:
Stony, serpentine cliff crevices and slopes
Growing ConditionsWater Use:
Medium Light Requirement:
Part Shade Soil Moisture:
Moist Soil Description:
Cool, well-drained soils. Conditions Comments: On
the wet side of the mountains, this fern
needs the protection of a rock overhang. The crown must be protected from winter sogginess.
PropagationDescription: Divide mature clumps.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes
Record Last Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff