(Maidenhair fern Family)

Cheilanthes eatonii Baker

Eaton's lip fern

( Apogamous triploid)
The adaxial surface of the pinnae of this fern is usually covered with fine, unbranched hairs, giving the blade a whitish, fuzzy cast. Another member of this genus, C. lindheimeri , has a rather similar appearance. However, the abaxial surface of the pinnae of C. eatonii is densely tomentose while that of C. lindheimeri is covered densely with ciliate scales.

Victorio Canyon, east side of the Florida Mountains     1 May 2007