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Coville's Lipfern
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Myriopteris covillei

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About Coville's Lipfern (Myriopteris covillei) Myropteris covillei is a species of lip fern known by the common name Coville's lip fern. This plant is native to the southwestern United States and Baja California, where it grows in rocky crevices in the mountains and foothills. This fern has green leaves which may be up to 4-pinnate, that is, made up of leaflets that subdivide 3 times, such that the leaflets are layered with overlapping rounded segments. The leaves have a bumpy, cobbled look. The undersides of the leaves have scales which are lengthened outgrowths of the epidermis. Tucked under the scales are the sporangia, which make the spores.
Plant Description
Plant Type

Native Status

Natural Setting
Site Type
Crevices, bases of rocks, sun or shade

Sun, Part Shade, Full Shade

Elevation ?
83' - 9001'

Annual Precip. ?
4.5" - 67.1"

Summer Precip. ?
0.16" - 3.90"

Coldest Month ?
26.9° F - 58.8° F

Hottest Month ?
44.6° F - 87.5° F

Humidity ?
0.17 vpd - 38.31 vpd

Landscaping Information
Ease of Care
Moderately Easy

Water Requirement ?
Extremely Low
Very Low
Moderate - High

Nursery Availability
Commonly Available

Other Names
Botanical Names
Cheilanthes covillei

Common Names
Coville's Lip Fern

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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