Some pictures of rock ferns from East and South Europe

Today the Global Botanical Portal offers to talk about rock ferns. They are often small, but so wonderful plants, because grow in specific conditions with limited quantity of organic substances. These ferns are pioneers which inhabit on outcrops of rocks. Many from them are rare and endangered plants due to human activity which is often directed to distruction of their natural habitats for receiving of own benefits (building material, minerals, etc.).


Woodsia alpina (Bolton) S.F.Gray near Miusynsk town, Lugansk region, Ukraine

My hobby for these plants has begun since the first finding of Asplenium septentrionale in the Donetsk Upland while I collected field materials for my PhD thesis about rare and endangered plants of the area. After that my interest to rock ferns only increase 🙂 As a result several articles about these plants were published with my сo-authorship:

Bezsmertna O.O., Peregrym M.M., Vasheka O.V., 2012. Genus Asplenium L. (Aspleniaceae) in
Ukraine. Ukr. Bot. Journ. 69 (4): 544-558 [Ukr.; Engl. summary].

Bystriakova N., Peregrym M., Erkens R.H.J., Bezsmertna O., Schneider H., 2012. Sampling bias in geographic and environmental space and its effect on the predictive power of species distribution models. Systematics and Biodiversity. 10 (3):305-315.

Peregrym M.M., Didukh Ya.P., 2014. Asplenium x heufleri and Woodsia alpina in the Donetsk Upland. Ukr. Bot. Journ. 71 (1): 50-52. [Ukr.; Engl. summary].

Bystriakova N., Peregrym M.M., Dragicevic S., 2015. Effect of environment on distributions of rock ferns in the Mediterranean climate: The case of the genus Asplenium in Montenegro. Flora – Morphology, Distribution, Functional Ecology of Plants. 215: 84-91


Asplenium scolopendrium L., Lviv region, Ukraine

You can find see more pictures of rock ferns from East and South Europe below:


Anogramma leptophylla (L.) Link (Crimea, Ukraine). Photo by Olesya Bezsmertna


Asplenium ruta-muraria L. (Khmel’nytsk region, Ukraine)


Asplenium septentrionale (L.) Hoffm. (Lugansk region, Ukraine)


Asplenium x heufleri Reichardt (Lugansk region, Ukraine)


Asplenium x alternifolium Wulfen (Crimea, Ukraine). Photo by Olesya Bezsmertna


Asplenium fissum Kit. ex Willd. (near Durakov Pass, Nikshich region, Montenegro)


Asplenium trichomanes L. (Western Caucasus, Krasnodar Region, Russian Federation)


Asplenium viride Huds. (National Park “Biogradska Gora”, Montenegro)


Ceterach officinarum Willd. (Podgorica city, Montenegro)


Cheilanthes persica (Bory) Mett. ex Kuhn (Western Crete, Greece)


Adiantum capillus-veneris L. (Western Caucasus, Krasnodar Region, Russian Federation)


Cystopteris fragilis (L.) Bernh. (Kyiv region, Ukraine)


Woodsia ilvensis (L.) R.Br. (Transcarpathian region, Ukraine). Photo by Olesya Bezsmertna


Have a nice week,
Mykyta Peregrym


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