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Sea Spleenwort: seaside survivor

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Sea Spleenwort: seaside survivor

Not all plants are interesting with lots to have told about them and not all plants are really special to look at. Sea spleenwort (Asplenium marinum) is rather boring and a bit scruffy! That said, it is an uncommon plant and found in very restricted habitat.

Sea spleenwort is, I believe, the only member of the fern family that can tolerate salt from the sea and can survive in conditions other ferns would find impossible. It grows in crevices and cracks in rocks, often within the spray zone, a pretty inhospitable environment. That is probably one of the best indicators to identification; if you find a fern growing in exposed rock by the sea then it is a pretty good bet it is sea spleenwort!

Given the lack of nutrients in rock crevices it does not grow to be a particularly big plant and given the buffeting it gets from the wind it can look rather worn, wrinkled and faded. 

Its entry in Wikipedia runs to just 30 words, I have managed more than that so I feel I have done this insignificant plant some justice and, perhaps, put it on the map!


 

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