Aspidotis densa
Oregon , Indian's dream, podfern

Distribution: Occurring on both sides of the Cascades crest in Washington; British Columbia to California, east to Idaho, Montana, South Dakota, western Wyoming, and northern Utah; disjunct in Quebec.

Habitat: Cliff crevices and moist, rocky slopes, foothills to near timberline, often on serpentine

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Small perennials, terrestrial or lithophytes, 8-25 cm; stems somewhat compact, creeping, branched, tips ascending; scales typically dark brown, commonly with narrow portion of margins a lighter color, lanceolate, margins entire.


Leaves monomorphic or somewhat dimorphic; fertile leaves more erect than sterile ones, on long petioles usually 2-5 times longer than blades and dark reddish brown, fertile blades with more ascending pinnae and thinner segments than sterile blades; blade 3-4-pinnate, 2-10 cm, slightly leathery; ultimate segments linear, 3-8 mm; midrib prominent on lower surface.


Sori of mature blades continuous along length of segments but not at apex; indusia linear, margins erose or with 10-35 shallow and regular teeth; spores 64 per sporangia, dark brown, tetrahedral-globose, netted.

Accepted Name:
Aspidotis densa (Brack.) Lellinger
Publication: Amer. Fern J. 58: 141. 1968.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Cheilanthes siliquosa Maxon [Peck]
Cryptogramma densa (Brack.) Diels [VPPNW1]
Onychium densum Brack.
Pellaea densa (Brack.) Hook.
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Aspidotis densa in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Aspidotis densa checklist entry.

OregonFlora: Aspidotis densa information.

E-Flora BC: Aspidotis densa atlas page.

CalPhotos: Aspidotis densa photos.

USDA Plants: Aspidotis densa information.

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