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Pellaea ovata (Ovateleaf cliffbrake)
Cressler, Alan

Pellaea ovata

Pellaea ovata (Desv.) Weath.

Ovateleaf Cliffbrake, Ovate-leaf Cliffbrake

Pteridaceae (Maidenhair Fern Family)



USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


From the Image Gallery

12 photo(s) available in the Image Gallery

Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb , Fern
Leaf Retention: Evergreen
Size Class: 1-3 ft.

Bloom Information

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


Native Habitat: Found on rocky slopes and ledges in south Texas, Edward's Plateau and Trans-Pecos.

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun


Interesting Foliage: yes
Deer Resistant: High

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

Herbarium Specimen(s)

NPSOT 0650 Collected Jun 6, 1992 in Medina County by Harry Cliffe

1 specimen(s) available in the Digital Herbarium

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2016-02-17
Research By: NPC

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