Pteridophytes (Spore Producing Plants: Ferns and More) • Earth.com

Alpine coral fern

(Gleichenia alpina)

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Description

Height 10-20cm. Leaves lanceolate or oblong, bluish-green, downy above, glabrous below. Stems prostrate with flowers in loose clusters at their tips, pale blue, 5-8mm long, tubular, with the anthers not projecting from the tube as in the closely allied M. viridis. Rocky Mountains at 3000-4500m on stony slopes.

Taxonomic tree:

Domain:
Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Magnoliophyta
Class: Polypodiopsida
Order:Gleicheniales
Family:Gleicheniaceae
Genus:Gleichenia
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