Unifentifed Fern Marshfield, Wilsthire

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Hi – could you identify the fern shown in the three attached images. I saw it yesterday, growing amongst Hart’s Tongues and light bramble in a shaded area of a young woodland (mostly Hawthorn) on sloping ground in fairly deep (450mm at least), moist (not wet) soil – Fuller’s Earth type geology with limestone underlying. The Fern was about 250 – 300mm tall. The area is not readily accessible to the public.

Thanks

Cheilanthes

I grow various Cheilanthes from spores donated to the BPS
When (and if) they grow, they seem to develop into Cheilanthes tomentosa, whatever it said on the packet (or even my labels)
I had a look at some of these, growing in my gravel bed and noticed they were covered in dew

You can see that this Cheilanthes has many small hairs which the dew forms on
This process, I suppose, allows the plant to grow in places where there is little rain but occasional fog
I noticed this in the Southern arid regions of Tenerife, where they get sea mists most mornings, but little rain
Of course, dew does not just form on Cheilanthes, I noticed it also on the roof of my car