Classification & Common Names
- Class: Polypodiopsida
- Family: Pteridaceae
- Genus: Myriopteris Fée emend. Grusz & Windham
- Species: Myriopteris covillei (Maxon) Á.Löve & D.Löve
- Common name(s):
General Observation Data
- Date: 20-XI-2020
- Habitat: Open Oak Woodland
- Habit: Terrestrial
Fronds to 25 cm. Was Cheilanthes eatonii.
- Location: – – – Arizona – United States.
- Coordinates: 31.754952, -110.840433
- Elevation: 4880 ft
Heather, I don’t think this is M. rufa, which has oblong, rather than bead-like, ultimate segments. I suspect M. covillei as I can’t make out any cilia on the abaxial scales, but I may be missing them and it could be M. wootonii or M. yavapensis if so.
Thank you so much for the input on these fern IDs, and for explaining the ID features you are seeing. There do not appear to be cilia on the abaxial scales in my higher quality photo. I had, however, been wondering if it might be M. lindheimeri, because it is quite hairy adaxially, and M. lindheimeri is said to be very common and I’ve never found it, but found lots of this. Is that a possibility? On the other hand, they don’t feel “rough”, so maybe not.
Thanks Chris, I will put this as M. covillei for now.