Vascular Plants of the Gila Wilderness

Presented in Association with the
Western New Mexico University Department of Natural Sciences

Woodsia neomexicana Windham
(New Mexico Cliff Fern)

Family: Dryopteridaceae

Status: Native

Synonyms:
None

Woodsia neomexicana is a small fern of steep hillsides. It is frequently found peeking out from underneath rocks. The fronds tend to be weak and nodding. The pinnae are regular in outline and mostly symmetrical. The sori are crowded. The translucent projections on the pinnae margins are mostly 1-2 celled and the largest pinnae have only 3-7 pairs of closely spaced pinnules. The pinna apices are rounded compared to the more acute ones of Woodsia phillipsii which also has 7-18 pairs of pinnules per pinna.
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Woodsia neomexicana, bottom surface, photo Russ Kleinman, Burro Mtns., Saddlerock Cyn., Sept. 14, 2008



Woodsia neomexicana, top surface, photo Russ Kleinman, Silver City, Gomez Peak, Burro Mtns., Saddlerock Cyn., Sept. 14, 2008



Woodsia neomexicana, detail sporangia , photo Russ Kleinman, Silver City, Gomez Peak, Burro Mtns., Saddlerock Cyn., Sept. 14, 2008



Woodsia neomexicana, macro of abaxial leaf surface showing 1-2 celled translucent projections from the margin, filamentous indusial lobes, and veins ending short of the leaf margin, photo Russ Kleinman, Bill Norris & Kelly Kindscher, Aug. 9, 2009



Woodsia neomexicana, macro of abaxial leaf surface showing 1-2 celled translucent projections from the margin, filamentous indusial lobes, and veins ending short of the leaf margin, photo Russ Kleinman, Bill Norris & Kelly Kindscher, Aug. 9, 2009


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