Cheilanthes parryi

Common Name: Parry's Lipfern
Oˊodham Name: [unkknown]   
Group: Forbs - Chaparral

Cheilanthes parryi is a small xerophytic fern that grows on rocky slopes at 3500-5500 feet elevation in areas of light shade and surface moisture or runoff, usually on granite outcrops. Leaves have a bumpy surface covered by long hairs and curl up to survive long periods of drought. The hairs give the plant a gray, wooly appearance and these adaptations permit the species to survive in a hot, arid environment. The specimen shown here grows on Kitt Peak.

Cheilanthes parryi
on rocky outcrop

Kingdom Plantae - Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta - Vascular plants
Division Pteridophyta- Ferns
Class Filicopsida
Order Polypodiales
Family Pteridaceae - Maidenhair Fern family
Genus Cheilanthes Sw. - lipfern
Species Cheilanthes parryi (D.C. Eaton) Domin - Parry's lipfern
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USDA Plant Profile and Map

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