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n.1.any of several small lithophytic ferns of tropical and warm temperate regions.
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Range :The most popular ferns for use as houseplants are the staghorn fern (Platycerium), bird's nest fern (Asplenium), deersfoot fern (Davallia), blue star fern (Phlebodium), maidenhair fern (Adiantum), holly fern (Cyrtomium), brake fern and ribbon fern (Pteris), and cliffbrake fern (Pellaea).
In a clear case of the fox being allowed to watch the fern-house, "MaidCo conducted a review of the area for federal and state listed rare, threatened, and endangered (RTE) species and identified the presence of Smooth Cliffbrake [not to be confused with the Purple-stemmed Cliffbrake].
Pellaea atropurpurea (L.) Link: purple cliffbrake. Reported on cliffs along Turkey Run Creek and Sugar Creek (Test 1930; Swanson 1928); C = 10.