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Ascension Parsley Fern

Anogramma ascensionis

Type: Endemic Plant | Status: Critically Endangered | Nativeness: Endemic


Tiny fern with small parsley-like fronds. Grows on moderately dry to wet banks and outcrops on the exposed south-facing slopes of Green Mountain where it is often associated with the native thalloid liverwort Plagiochasma rupestre. It was commonly believed to be extinct until 2009, when during an annual plant census it was rediscovered by local and visiting botanists. Most recently observed plants are very small, lime green in colour and reaching no more than 4cm in length, although historical records show ferns of up to 10cm. The number of individuals in the wild fluctuates seasonally.

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