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Perennial herb, in soil or on or among rocks; rhizome creeping to erect, scaly. Leaf: generally all ± alike (or of 2 kinds, fertile, sterile), generally < 50 cm, often < 25 cm; stipe generally thin, wiry, often dark, ×-section with vascular strands generally 1–3, less often many in circle; blade generally pinnate or ± palmate-pinnate (see Adiantum), often >= 2-compound, abaxially often with glands, ± powdery exudate, hairs, or scales; segments round, oblong, fan-shaped, or other, veins generally free. Sporangia: in sori or not, marginal, submarginal, or along veins, covered by recurved, often modified segment margins (false indusia) or not; true indusia 0; spores spheric, sides flat or not, scar with 3 radiating branches.
± 40 genera, 500 species: worldwide, especially dry areas. [Windham 1993 FNANM 2:122–186] Definition of Cheilanthes, related genera problematic; traditional limits often untenable. —Scientific Editors: Alan R. Smith, Thomas J. Rosatti.
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Plant in soil or rock crevices; rhizome short- to long-creeping[-decumbent], generally many-branched, scales generally lance-linear, pale to dark, mid-stripe dark or not. Leaf: < 75 cm, young leaf tip hooked or coiled; stipe cylindric, red-brown to ± black; blade generally 2–3-pinnate, generally oblong to narrowly triangular; segments generally small, ± flat or abaxially concave (from recurved margins). Sporangia: along margin, in discrete patches to continuous, partly to completely covered by recurved margin (generally not recurved in Cheilanthes cooperae).Key to Cheilanthes
150+ species: generally America, generally dry areas. (Greek: lip flower, from location of sporangia)
Rhizome short-creeping; scales light brown, with dark (sometimes red-brown) mid-stripe. Leaf: 6–18(30) cm, 1–2(3) cm wide, dark green; stipe ± 1 mm wide, scales lance-linear, ciliate at base; blade 2–3-pinnate, linear-oblong, generally 3–5 × longer than wide, axes with long, narrow scales; segments small, ± round to generally oblong, abaxially concave, with dense, deeply dissected, long-ciliate scales, adaxially with similar scales or glabrous. Sporangia: on young leaves often entirely obscured by scales, recurved segment margin.
Generally granite cliffs, crevices; 400–3200 m. Northwestern California, Cascade Range, Sierra Nevada, Central Western California, Great Basin Floristic Province; to British Columbia, Montana, Utah. Hybridizes with Cheilanthes intertexta. [Online Interchange]
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Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2013. Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/IJM.html, accessed on Sep 16 2014
Citation for this treatment: [Author of taxon treatment] 2013. Cheilanthes, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_IJM.pl?tid=19076, accessed on Sep 16 2014
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