Woodsia scopulina

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Woodsia scopulina
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Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Pteridophyta
Class: Polypodiopsida/Pteridopsida
Order: Polypodiales
Family: Woodsiaceae
Genus: Woodsia
Species:W. scopulina
Binomial name
Woodsia scopulina

Woodsia scopulina, the Rocky Mountain woodsia, is a perennial fern in the family Woodsiaceae.

Woodsiaceae family of plants

The Woodsiaceae or cliff ferns is a family of ferns in the Eupolypods II clade of the order Polypodiales, in the class Polypodiopsida. It contains the three genera Cheilanthopsis, Hymenocystis, and Woodsia. However, the first two are very similar to Woodsia and may be merged into it at some point.

This plant is native to the western and northern United States and Canada. W. scopulina is a small fern, 10-20 centimeters in size, which grows in mesic to dry rock crevices. [1]

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  1. Dale H. Witt, Janet E. Marsh, and Robin B. Bovey, Mosses Lichens and Ferns of Northwest North America (Edmonton: Lone Pine, 1988), p. 273