Cheilanthes wrightii Wrights lip fern

Epithet is after one of the Wright botanists. Evergreen, 3 to 10 in. (7.5 to 25 cm).Zones 8 and 9.

description: The rhizome is short-creeping. Stipes are at least one-third to one-half of the frond length, grooved and brown without scales or hairs. The oblong-lanceolate blades are bipinnate with 8 to 10 pairs of pinnae. This species is remarkable for its lack of scales and hairs. Sori are discontinuous along the margins and protected by recurved toothy lobes of tissue.

range and habitat: Occurring primarily on igneous substrates, this species straddles the borders between the Arizona-

Cheilanthes wrightii in the Schwartz garden. Photo by David Schwartz.

New Mexico-Texas desert regions and those of adjacent Mexico.

culture and comments: Cultivated in the hot inlands of Southern california but reluctant in other locales, this species is a candidate for trials in areas where enthusiasts can create custom sites. Success is most likely in sunny, low humidity climates with attention to good drainage and no overhead winter wet.

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