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Argyrochosma dealbata

Argyrochosma dealbata (Pursh) Windham

Powdery False Cloak Fern, Powdery Cloak Fern, False Cloak Fern

Pteridaceae (Maidenhair Fern Family)

Synonym(s): Cheilanthes dealbata, Notholaena dealbata, Pellaea dealbata

USDA Symbol: ARDE5

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb , Fern
Leaf Complexity: Pinnate
Leaf Shape: Deltoid
Leaf Venation: Dichotomous
Leaf Pubescence: Glabrous
Leaf Margin: Entire
Size Notes: Fronds up to about 6 inches long.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Not Applicable
Bloom Notes: Not a flowering plant. Reproduces by spores.


USA: AR , IL , KS , KY , MO , NE , OK , TX
Native Habitat: Usually found in crevices of limestone and other calcareous rocks of north-central Texas, the Edwards Plateau, and the Trans-Pecos.

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist


Interesting Foliage: yes

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center - Austin, TX

Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Argyrochosma dealbata in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Argyrochosma dealbata in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Argyrochosma dealbata


Record Modified: 2023-05-31
Research By: NPC

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