Unknown plant for ID


I found this spleenwort? like plant growing on moss on a hillside in mid north Wales approx 400m elevation.Any ideas would be much appreciated. Apologies if you’ve received this request twice, I’m not convinced that it sent/uploaded the photos at the 1st attempt.



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  1. Hi Dylan – I think this could be hairy bittercress, Cardamine hirsuta – not a fern. It’s difficult to give hard and fast rules for separating ferns and flowering plants when they aren’t in flower – fern fronds unfurl from spiral croziers, whereas leaves of flowering plants start off in buds – not much help when all the leaves are developed like this. Alison

    1. Hi, thanks for the info, yes you’re probably right with the bittercress, I’ll try to get back there in late spring to see it in flower. I think I was blinkered because it reminded me of wall rue and I seldom see (or at least notice!) bittercress in the uplands. Apologies for gate crashing a fern ID site and thanks again for your help 🙂

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