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Notholaena standleyi Maxon
Star Cloak Fern, Northern Desert Star Cloakfern
Pteridaceae (Maidenhair Fern Family)
Synonym(s): Cheilanthes hookeri, Cheilanthes standleyi
USDA Symbol: NOST
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
Saxicolous, rhizomatous, herbaceous perennial to about 10 inches in height. Frond blades triangular or usually pentagonal, about 3 inches long and 2-1/2 inches wide, bipinnitifid or tripinnatifid, abaxial side coated with a cream,yellowish, gold or green and brown farina. Sori line the abaxial pinnule margins. During drought, the frond blades curl into a ball-shaped configuration and unfurl when environmental moisture is available.
Native to AZ, NM, TX, CO, OK and northern MX. Distribution often highly disjunct. On xeric soils and in rock crevices among granite and limestone boulders on talus slopes and other rocky sites to 6500 feet elevation.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Not Applicable
Bloom Notes: Sporulates from late spring through fall.
, TX Native Distribution: Native
to AZ, NM, TX, CO, OK
and northern MX. Distribution often highly disjunct. Native Habitat: On
xeric soils and in rock crevices among granite and limestone boulders on talus slopes and other rocky sites to 6500 feet elevation.
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Drought Tolerance: High
Heat Tolerant: yes
Soil Description: Rock granitic or limestone soils.
BenefitInteresting Foliage: yes
Record Last Modified: 2009-12-14
Research By: Joseph Marcus