Cheilanthes clevelandii

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Cheilanthes clevelandii
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Vulnerable (NatureServe)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Pteridophyta
Class: Polypodiopsida
Order: Polypodiales
Family: Pteridaceae
Genus: Cheilanthes
Species: C. clevelandii
Binomial name
Cheilanthes clevelandii
D. C. Eat.

Cheilanthes clevelandii is a species of lip fern known by the common name Cleveland's lip fern. This plant is native to southern California, including some of the Channel Islands, and Baja California, where it grows in rocky crevices in the hills and low-elevation mountains.


This fern has leaves which are 3- to 4-pinnate, such that each leaflet is subdivided twice or three times into layers of overlapping rounded segments. The leaves have a bumpy, cobbled look. The underside bears scales, which are long outgrowths of the epidermis, as well as a coating of long hairs. The sporangia may be hidden beneath the scales and hairs and tucked under the curved lip of the leaf margin.

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