(Maidenhair fern Family)

Cheilanthes wootonii Maxon

Wooton's lip fern

( Apogamous triploid)
The abaxial surface of the pinnae of this fern is covered with scales which are ciliate only on the proximal half. As a result, the cilia do not protrude onto the adaxial surface, giving it a glabrous appearance .

Silver City, Grant County     21 November 2004