Kentucky Nature Preserves Rare Plants

Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission

Fee's Lipfern
Cheilanthes feei
Family: Pteridaceae

Protection Status:
State Status:  E
USFWS Status: {null}

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S1

Calcareous bluffs and rocks (Gleason & Cronquist 1991)..

Species Description:

Flowering Period: Early June to late September.

Additional Information at NatureServe

Diagnostic Characteristics:
A small fern generally found assciated with calcareous rock outcrops. Petiole hairy but without scales. The leaves are woolly beneath and oblong-linear in shape. Rhizomes are scaley, the scales lance-linear and orange-brown with a black mid-stripe.

Disturbance of surrounding areas such as ATV trails, timber removal or any activity that results in increased erosion and weed invasion will be detrimental.

Global Range:

Known Kentucky Occurrences:

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Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission
801 Teton Trail
Frankfort,KY 40601
Phone: (502) 573-2886
Fax: (502) 573-2355
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