Oct. 14, 2021

silvery spleenwort, Deparia acrostichoides

This image of silvery spleenwort has drawn some comment. Some like it, some really don't. Could opinions have anything to do with how far you walk through the Ohio hills before you see it? Silvery spleenwort has been a bit of a taxonomic puzzle. It has been Asplenium acrostichoides, Athrium acrostichoides and Diplazium acrostichoides before its current stop as Deparia. Whatever you call it it's a relatively large woodland fern with a very disjunct distribution in AL, AR, CT, DE, GA, IA, IL, IN, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, SC, TN, VA, VT, WI, WV, NB, NS, ON, PE, QC, and in east Asia in China, Japa, Korea, and Siberia. Scioto Co OH, 10/2/21. Lady fern family, Athyriaceae.