Pellaea truncata – Spiny Cliffbrake

Pellaea truncata - Spiny Cliffbrake, Spiny Cliff Brake

Pellaea truncata - Spiny Cliffbrake, Spiny Cliff Brake

Plant Name

Scientific Name: Pellaea truncata

Synonym: Pellaea longimucronata

Common Names: Spiny Cliffbrake, Spiny Cliff Brake

Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial

Growth Habit: Herb/Forb, Fern

Arizona Native Status: Native

Habitat: Desert, Upland. This fern grows in rocky areas, usually in the shade or crevice of a rock.

Flower Color: Non-flowering

Height: To 15 inches (38 cm) tall

Description: The fronds are triangular in shape and bipinnately compound with varying shades of bluish green, narrowly oval, stiff, leathery leaflets on thin, wiry, dark brown petioles. The sterile fronds are shorter and less divided than the fertile fronds.


Kingdom: Plantae – Plants
Subkingdom: Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Division: Pteridophyta – Ferns
Class: Filicopsida
Order: Polypodiales
Family: Pteridaceae – Maidenhair Fern family
Genus: Pellaea Link – cliffbrake
Species: Pellaea truncata Goodding – spiny cliffbrake

More About This Plant

Arizona County Distribution Map