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The Walking Fern, Asplenium Rhizophyllum Is Known For Its Ability To Produce Leaflets At The Tip, Giving Its Appearance Of "Walking" Hence Its Name
The American walking fern, known as the Asplenium rhizophyllum in scientific terms, is a fern native to North America and a close relative of the East Asian Asplenium ruprechtii. Its common name derives from the growth of new plants at the leaf's tip, allowing it to "walk" across surfaces over several generations. Commonly ranged in the Appalachian Mountains and the Ozarks, the walking fern spreads from southern Quebec and Ontario along the Appalachians and Piedmont southwestward to Mississippi and Alabama. A common denominator in this distribution is the limy soil; while described to be rare, it is locally abundant only under favorable conditions. On most occasions, it grows on shaded boulders, ledges, and crevices, usually covered in moss; sometimes, it grows on fallen tree trunks or as an epiphyte. Typically found on limestone or another alkaline, this plant rarely occurs on sandstone or other acidic rocks.
The Walking Fern, Asplenium Rhizophyllum Also Serves As A Parental Species For Numerous Hybrids From Its Own Genus And Other Subgenera
The walking fern has undivided, evergreen leaves with long, narrow leaf tips that curve back and root, giving it a highly distinctive appearance. Often surrounded by child plants formed from the leaf tips, it grows in tufts, with the leaves of younger plants lying flat to the ground while older plants either arch or stand upright. While it does not spread and form new plants via roots, the walking fern spreads via its short, upright rhizomes, each about a millimeter in diameter and generally unbranched. Dark brown to blackish, the rhizomes have triangular or lance-shaped scales with a highly evident lattice-like pattern, and each scale is two to three millimeters long and a half to one millimeter wide, with untoothed margins. The stipe—or the leaf's stalk, below the blade—is reddish-brown and shiny at the base, half a centimeter to twelve centimeters long, and ranges from a tenth to one-and-a-half times the length of the blade. Fertile fronds bear many sori underneath, each one to four millimeters long. They do not arrange themselves in any particular order, often fusing where veins join and curving to follow that same vein. Covered by inconspicuous thin, white indusial with untoothed edges, each sporangium in a sorus carries sixty-four spores.
As one of the three parental species of the Appalachian Asplenium complex, a group of fern hybrids and their progenitors from North America, hybridization has given rise through chromosome doubling to various new species. Some similar species and hybrid descendants share the walking fern's long-attenuate leaf tip but are more deeply lobed. And in the end, it is still the leaf shape and proliferating tips that easily distinguish the American walking fern from most other ferns.