(Maidenhair fern Family)

Cheilanthes fendleri Moore

Fendler's lip fern

( Fertile diploid)
The adaxial and abaxial surfaces of the pinnae as well as the rachises and costae of this fern are without hairs. The rachis has a few non-ciliate scales. The abaxial surface of the pinnae are densely covered with broad, entire scales, concealing the surface.

Silver City, Grant County     11 November 2004