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Although this fern, like all the small spleenworts, is heavily fruited, it is extremely rare.
We shall group the three together as the large spleenworts, or for the sake of being more definite adopt Clute's felicitous phrase.
This small fern is a southern species half way between the maidenhair and ebony spleenworts, but rather more like the latter from which it differs in being smaller and thicker, and in having the fertile and sterile fronds of the same size.
The following species, which are often two to three feet high and grow in rich soil, are quite different in appearance and habits from the small rock spleenworts just described.