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.).
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:
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:
Asplenium ruta-muraria L. (Khmel’nytsk region, Ukraine)
Asplenium trichomanes L. (Western Caucasus, Krasnodar Region, Russian Federation)
Adiantum capillus-veneris L. (Western Caucasus, Krasnodar Region, Russian Federation)
Have a nice week,