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Newberry's Lip Fern
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Myriopteris newberryi

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About Newberry's Lip Fern (Myriopteris newberryi) Myriopteris newberryi is a species of lip fern known by the common names of Cotton Fern or Newberry's lip fern. It is native to southern California and Baja California, where it grows in rocky places in mostly dry habitat such as the California chaparral and woodlands. The Cheilanthes newberryi fern has leaves up to about 30 centimeters long which are coated in matted white, gray, or brownish hairs. Each leaf is made up of subdivided segments where the ultimate segment is oval in shape, mostly flat, and hard to visualize due to its thick coat of hairs. On the underside are scattered sori containing sporangia. Each sporangium may have either 64 or 32 spores.
Plant Description
Plant Type

Max. Height
1 ft (0.3 m)

Native Status

Natural Setting
Site Type
Cliffs, Steep rocky slopes

Part Shade, Shade

Elevation ?
37' - 6280'

Annual Precip. ?
5.1" - 32.5"

Summer Precip. ?
0.14" - 2.31"

Coldest Month ?
39.4° F - 57.1° F

Hottest Month ?
65.1° F - 80.9° F

Humidity ?
0.98 vpd - 29.83 vpd

Landscaping Information
Nursery Availability
Never or Almost Never Available

Other Names
Botanical Names
Cheilanthes newberryi

Common Names
Cotton 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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