Vascular Plants of the Gila Wilderness

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

Woodsia phillipsii Windham
(Phillip's Cliff Fern)

Family: Dryopteridaceae

Status: Native

Synonyms:
None

Woodsia phillipsii 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. It has 7-18 pairs of discrete widely spaced pinnules compared to the 3-7 pairs of more crowded pinnules of Woodsia neomexicana. Both Woodsia neomexicana and Woodsia phillipsii have translucent projections on the pinnule margins but they are thicker on Woodsia phillipsii.
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Woodsia phillipsii, photo Russ Kleinman, Silver City, Gomez Peak, Aug. 30, 2007



Woodsia phillipsii, abaxial surface, photo Russ Kleinman, Silver City, Gomez Peak, Aug. 30, 2007



Woodsia phillipsii, macro of indusia of narrow filamentous segments, photo Russ Kleinman, Pinos Altos Range, Meadow Creek, July 20, 2009


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