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Slender Cliffbrake
Cryptogramma stelleri

Slender Cliffbrake (Cryptogramma stelleri) Other common names: Fragile Rockbrake, Slender Rockbrake, Steller's Rockbrake

Other scientific names: Pellaea gracilis, Pteris stelleri

French names: Cryptogramme de Steller

Family: Maidenhair Fern Family (Pteridaceae)

Group: Cliffbrakes

Similar species:
  •   Purple-stemmed Cliffbrake (Pellaea atropurpurea) - larger, has purple stem with tiny hairs.

  •   Smooth Cliffbrake (Pellaea glabella) - no hairs along stem.


Fronds: Once divided

Habitat: Fields and Open Areas

Native/Non-native: Native

Photographs: 91 photographs available, of which 4 are featured on this page. SCROLL DOWN FOR PHOTOGRAPHS.

Range Map is at the bottom of the page

Slender Cliffbrake (Cryptogramma stelleri)

Slender Cliffbrake (Cryptogramma stelleri)

Slender Cliffbrake (Cryptogramma stelleri)

Underside of leaflets.

Slender Cliffbrake (Cryptogramma stelleri)

A small patch in the woods.


Range map for Slender Cliffbrake (Cryptogramma stelleri)

PLEASE NOTE: A coloured Province or State means this species occurs somewhere in that Province/State.
The entire Province/State is coloured, regardless of where in that Province/State it occurs.

(Range map provided courtesy of the USDA website and is displayed here in accordance with their Policies)