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Aspidotis californica
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California Lace Fern
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Aspidotis californica

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About California Lace Fern (Aspidotis californica) Aspidotis californica is a species of fern known by the common name California lacefern. It is native to California and Baja California. It grows in rock cracks and crevices in many types of habitat, including Chaparral, Yellow pine forest, Foothill oak woodland, and Valley grassland. Aspidotis californica has leaves that are thin and dissected into many triangular leaflets which are subdivided into small segments with curled teeth. The leaf segments bear sori containing sporangia, with the edges of the leaves rolled under to create a false indusium over the sori.
Plant Description
Plant Type

Native Status

Natural Setting
Sun, Part Shade

Elevation ?
22' - 5346'

Annual Precip. ?
4.9" - 74.3"

Summer Precip. ?
0.14" - 1.74"

Coldest Month ?
34.8° F - 58.8° F

Hottest Month ?
60.8° F - 87.5° F

Humidity ?
0.83 vpd - 38.31 vpd

Landscaping Information
Nursery Availability
Never or Almost Never Available

Other Names
Common Names
California Lacefern

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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