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California Cloak-fern
Notholaena californica
About California Cloak-fern (Notholaena californica) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Notholaena californica is a species of fern known by the common name California cloak fern. It is native to southern California, Arizona, and adjacent northwestern Mexico, where it grows in dry and rocky conditions, often in desert and chaparral habitats. The leaves are divided into often asymmetrical leaflets which are subdivided into lobed segments, the leaf measuring 3 to 20 centimeters in total length, not counting the long, brown petiole. It is hairless and lacks scales. The leaf is covered in grainy exudate known as farina. ChemotypesThe fern comes in two chemotypes which can be distinguished by the color of the farina, white or yellow, and the two are rarely found growing together. The two chemotypes are sometimes treated as subspecies. Subspecies. Notholaena californica ssp. californica' '- Transverse Ranges, Peninsular Ranges Notholaena californica ssp. leucophylla - endemic to northwest San Gabriel Mountains, east San Jacinto Mountain.
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Natural Setting
Annual Precipitation: 4.2" - 29.1", Summer Precipitation: 0.16" - 1.96", Coldest Month: 41.8" - 59.1", Hottest Month: 68.0" - 87.6", Humidity: 1.34" - 38.37", Elevation: 14" - 5118"

Alternative Names
Common Names: California Cloak 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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