E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Flora of British Columbia

Myriopteris gracillima J. Sm.
lace fern (lace lipfern)
Pteridaceae (Maidenhair Fern family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants

© Virginia Skilton  Email the photographer   (Photo ID #10433)

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Distribution of Myriopteris gracillima
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Species Information

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Evergreen perennial in clumps from a short compact rhizome.
Broadly lanceolate, 5-25 cm long, clustered, hairy with branched hairs and whitish scales, 3-pinnate; ultimate segments round, 0.5-3 mm long, with densely orange-woolly branched hairs and small scales on the lower surface.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Dry rocks and rock crevices in the lowland, steppe and montane zones; rare in extreme S BC; S to MT, UT, NV and CA.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Ecological Framework for Myriopteris gracillima

The table below shows the species-specific information calculated from
original data (BEC database) provided by the BC Ministry of Forests and Range.
(Updated August, 2013)

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Value / Class




Elevation (metres) 1311 1545 1780
Slope Gradient (%) 22 52 82
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
94 136 180
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
1 1 1
Modal Nutrient Regime
Number of field plots
 species was recorded in:
Modal BEC Zone Class
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in: MS(1)

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Cheilanthes gracillima M.E. Jones

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