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Purple Cliff Brake

Scientific Name: Pellaea atropurpurea

Common Name: Purple Cliff Brake

Family: Pteridaceae

Description: The slightly hairy stalks of this fern are colored purple-brown to black. The lance-shaped leaflets and subleaflets are triangular or heart-shaped. The fertile fronds are taller than the sterile fronds. A rolled edge of the leaflets cover the spore cases. Grows well in limestone crevices.


Distribution: al,az,ar,co,at,de,fl,ga,il,in,io,ka,ky,la,md,
ma,mi,mn,ms,mo,ne,nv,nj,nm,ny,nc,oh,ok,pa,ri,
sc,sd,tn,tx,ut,vt,va,wv,wi,wy


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