Astrolepis (Star-scaled Cloak Fern, Scaly Cloak Fern, Jimmy Fern)
Astrolepis is a genus of 8 fern species native to the Americas and the West Indies. The name Astrolepis comes from the Greek "astro" and "lepis" meaning "star-scale". Under a microscope you will see distinctly star-shaped scales on the upper surface of the fronds. Like its close cousins cheilanthes and notholaena, astrolepis is a sun fern that grows on rocks in exposed sites. Given its native abode, you'd be right in guessing that astrolepis is not like most ferns. Astrolepis ferns prefer a dry site to a moist one and cannot tolerate poorly draining winter moist soils. Astrolepis leaves (fronds) are quite toxic, so deer and rabbits do not eat them.
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