Shocked CloakfernCarl Rothfels
This is a widespread Mexican species, found also on Jamaica, of diverse dry rocky habitats (typically scrubby, forested, or otherwise somewhat sheltered). I treat it here (following Windham, 1993a) as distinct from the allied N. nealleyi, a species of northern Mexico and Texas.
The highly divided (bipinnate-pinnatifid) leaf blades without scales beneath distinguish this species from other congeners with narrowly elliptic leaves (but see N. nealleyi). The long bristle-like hairs on the leaf blades and stalks give N. schaffneri a rather startled gestalt.
- Aleuritopteris schaffneri
- Cheilanthes potosina
- Chrysochosma schaffneri
- Cheilanthes schaffneri
- Vernacular Names: Shocked Cloakfern
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Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, USA
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