Plant on rock

Wall Rue,  Asplenium ruta-muraria
Aspleniaceae or Spleenwort Family

A small, rock-loving fern with evergreen leaves that somewhat resemble parsley. Tiny, chestnut brown, oblong spore cases (sori) lie along the veins on the undersides of some leaves (the fertile leaves).

A somewhat rare native fern that likes limestone rocks in shady woods.  Rare in Wildwood, but known from several populations.

Most people would not recognize this as a fern, and as it has no flowers, they might not notice it at all. However, it is easily recognized if you look for rock-dwelling parsley-like plants.

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Sori on underside of leaf

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