Vascular Plants of the Gila Wilderness
Presented in Association with the
Western New Mexico University Department
of Natural Sciences
Pellaea atropurpurea (Linnaeus) Link
(Purple Cliff Brake)
Pteris atropurpurea Linnaeus
Pellaea atropurpurea stands out among the Pellaeas here by virtue of the elongated terminal pinnule on the fonds. The lateral pinnules are also usually longer than those of our other Pellaeas. In addition, the rachis is a deep purple. Pellaea atropurpurea is found growing among rocks in canyons. It is not as common in the Gila National Forest as either Pellaea truncata or Pellaea wrightiana, although it is by no means uncommon.
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Pellaea atropurpurea, photo Russ Kleinman & Karen Blisard, Pinos Altos Range, Georgetown Road, Oct. 17, 2007
Pellaea atropurpurea, back of frond with false indusia, photo Russ Kleinman & Karen Blisard, Pinos Altos Range, Georgetown Road, Oct. 17, 2007
Pellaea atropurpurea, growth habit, photo Russ Kleinman, Silver City Range, Bear Mountain, Jan. 28, 2009
Pellaea atropurpurea, DAZ herbarium, collector Paul Boucher 1122, September 11, 1992, Georgetown
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