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Asplenium rhizophyllum (Walking fern)
Cressler, Alan

Asplenium rhizophyllum

Asplenium rhizophyllum L.

Walking Fern

Aspleniaceae (Spleenwort Family)

Synonym(s): Camptosorus rhizophyllus

USDA Symbol: ASRH2

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb , Fern
Leaf Retention: Evergreen
Leaf Shape: Lanceolate , Linear
Leaf Pubescence: Glabrous
Leaf Margin: Entire , Undulate
Leaf Base: Cordate

Bloom Information

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


USA: AL , AR , CT , DC , DE , GA , IA , IL , IN , KS , KY , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MO , MS , NC , NH , NJ , NY , OH , OK , PA , RI , SC , TN , VA , VT , WI , WV
Canada: ON
Native Habitat: Rocky Bluff

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Part Shade , Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2018-03-07
Research By: TWC Staff

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