Astrolepis sinuata (Lag. ex Sw.) Benham & Windham
Wavy Scaly Cloakfern
Pteridaceae (Maidenhair Fern Family)
USDA Symbol: ASSI9
Astrolepis sinuata is a lower elevation, dry habitat fern typically found growing underneath evergreen desert & semi-desert shrubs in rocky soil or rock crevices. Although the fronds like to be in full sun, the roots like remain shaded. This fern is semi-evergreen with thick green fronds the undersides of which are cinnamon in color forming a tight 18" wide upright clump with a short creeping rhizome.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Habit: Herb , Fern
Leaf Retention: Semi-evergreen
Size Notes: Upright fronds up to about 4 feet long.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Not Applicable
Bloom Notes: Not a flowering plant. Reproduces by spores.
DistributionUSA: AZ , GA , NM , OK , TX
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Drought Tolerance: High
Cold Tolerant: yes
Heat Tolerant: yes
BenefitInteresting Foliage: yes
PropagationPropagation Material: Root Division
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Tohono Chul Park, Inc. - Tucson, AZ
NPSOT - Fredericksburg Chapter - Fredericksburg, TX
NPSOT - Austin Chapter - Austin, TX
NPSOT - Williamson County Chapter - Georgetown, TX
Web ReferenceWebref 38 - Flora of North America - beta site (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Astrolepis sinuata in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Astrolepis sinuata in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Astrolepis sinuata
MetadataRecord Modified: 2022-11-23
Research By: Sean Watson