Cheilanthes lanosa — hairy lip fern
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New England distribution
Adapted from BONAP data
Non-native: introduced (intentionally or unintentionally); has become naturalized.
County documented: documented to exist in the county by evidence (herbarium specimen, photograph). Also covers those considered historical (not seen in 20 years).
State documented: documented to exist in the state, but not documented to a county within the state. Also covers those considered historical (not seen in 20 years).
Note: when native and non-native populations both exist in a county, only native status is shown on the map.
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Hairy lip fern is distributed across much of southeastern North America, but barely enters New England at the northern limit of its range. It is found on cliffs and talus in western Connecticut, where it is very rare.
Cliffs, balds, or ledges, ridges or ledges, talus and rocky slopes
- New England state
- Features of leaves
- there are no special features on the leaves
- New England state
- Specific habitat
- cliffs, balds, or ledges
- ridges or ledges
- talus or rocky slopes
New England distribution and conservation status
- New Hampshire
- Rhode Island
Exact status definitions can vary from state to state. For details, please check with your state.
- extremely rare (S-rank: S1), endangered (code: E)
Native to North America?
Sometimes confused with
- Woodsia ilvensis:
- sori not located on the margin, covered by an inferior indusium that disintegrates into filaments, and petioles articulated (vs. C. lanosa, with sori located on the margin, covered by a false indusium, and petioles not articulated).
- Cheilanthes vestita (Spreng.) Sw.
From the dichotomous key of Flora Novae Angliae
1. Cheilanthes lanosa (Michx.) D.C. Eat. NC
hairy lip fern. Cheilanthes vestita (Spreng.) Sw. • CT; western portion of state. Cliffs and talus.