04.17.2021-2 Maidenhair Spleenwort with a side of Eastern Small-flowered Saxifrage

I’ve not posted this species of fern before.  It’s one of my favorite ferns if only for saying its name…Maidenhair Spleenwort.  🙂 Asplenium trichomanes grows on a variety of rocky surfaces. In this case they are on some sandstone ledges where I find a variety of plant species such as Red Columbine, Bloodroot, and Dutchman’s Breeches as well as the wood aster I posted a few days ago. And, of course, also Eastern Small-flowered Saxifrage seen on the left.

I’ll feature the Maidenhair Spleenwort (there, I said it again) later on when I can find some fresh ones with new growth and fewer brown leaves.  For a look at the saxifrage, here’s a post from several years ago.

About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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22 Responses to 04.17.2021-2 Maidenhair Spleenwort with a side of Eastern Small-flowered Saxifrage

  1. I was curious about the name spleenwort. The American Heritage Dictionary says it was “so called because it was thought to cure spleen disorders.” Saxifragemeans ‘stone-break’ (compare the first element in fragment). And the “side” in your post’s title made me wonder whether ketchup came with it.

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  2. Ms. Liz says:

    Simple, natural and beautiful. Plants thriving in their own little niches. Lovely layered rock. This is so beautiful!

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  3. Eliza Waters says:

    Nature as the master gardener. 🙂

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  4. Ann Mackay says:

    Really beautiful – I love the contrast between the delicate little ferns, full of vibrant life, and the old, worn rock.

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    • There is a lot of life on those old rocks. The sandstone is layered and slabs of it fall occasionally. I’ve never counted all the species growing there but should document that. I am sure the local University’s botany folks have probably done so.

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  5. Platypus Man says:

    Great name for a beautiful little plant. I also like the names Bloodroot, and Dutchman’s Breeches. I can probably work out where Bloodroot gets its name, but why Dutchman’s Breeches? What is about the Dutch that I’ve been missing all these years?

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  6. shoreacres says:

    I like the contrast between the yellow-green of the spleenwort and the ‘greener’ green of the fresh saxifrage. Looking at the spleenwort’s leaflets, I think I might have come across one of our versions; I’ve known whatever I found wasn’t maidenhair fern because of the leaflets’ shape, but I never explored further.

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  7. Peter Klopp says:

    A fern with an attractive name! Lovely shot, Steve!

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  8. Todd Henson says:

    Some of the names we give these plants really are fascinating, and fun to say. Great title, and also a pleasantly composed image.

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    • Thanks, Todd! Most names are based in some characteristic of the plant, either its own physical character or some purported use. One of my favorite wildflowers is Boneset although I’ve not had to try to set a broken bone with it. 🙂

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  9. bluebrightly says:

    This is fun to see because around here, there’s a similar saxifrage blooming now and we have lots of ferns (but not this one, at least not on the island). I love the way the fern spills down those rocks.

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