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Hart’s-tongue Fern

Asplenium scolopendrium




This evergreen plant has long, tongue shaped leaves with a pointy end.


Widespread across Britain, except in the far north.


Can be found in sheltered moist habitats such as woods, on hedge banks, in walls and in ditches.

Did you know?

  • The underside of the leaves have little marks reminiscent of centipedes legs, leading to the species name ‘scolopendrium’ (the Latin for centipede!)
  • A hart was an old name for a deer, so the plant was so-named as it specifically looks like a deer’s tongue.

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