Deparia conilii

Synonyms Diplazium conilii, Athyriopsis conilii, Asple-nium japonicum, D. grammitoides var. conilii Epithet origin not known.

Deciduous, 1 to 2V2 ft. (30 to 75 cm). Zones 5 to 8. Dimorphic.

description: The rhizome is long-creeping. Stipes on fertile fronds are blackish and over one-half of the length of the frond. On the shorter sterile fronds the stipes are about one-third of the frond length. Narrowly lanceolate blades are bi-pinnatifid with 12 to 20 pairs of pinnae. The rachis and pinnae midribs bear multicellular hairs. Sori in a herringbone pattern are covered with a linear indusium and border both sides of the pinnae midribs.

range and habitat: This is a fern of moist woods in Japan and Korea. Richard Lighty, director emeritus of the Mount Cuba Center in Delaware, introduced the Korean material to North American culture in 1966.

culture and comments: An attractive creeper, this species rambles about among woodland plants where it serves as an easygoing ground cover. it is readily divided and makes for great gifts to fellow fern collectors.

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