Pellaea
cliff-brake
4 species
2 subspecies and varieties
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Pellaea brachypteraSierran cliff-brake
Distribution: Occurring east of the Cascades crest, where disjunct in Chelan County; otherwise, Lane County, OR to the Sierra Mountains of California.
Habitat: Dry, rocky slopes from lowlands to montane.
Origin: Native
Spores: May-July
Growth Duration: Perennial
Pellaea breweriBrewer's cliff-brake
Distribution: Occurring in the Olympic Mountains and Cascades Range in Washington; southern British Columbia to California, east to western Montana, Utah, and Colorado.
Habitat: Talus slopes, cliff crevices and other rocky places, foothills to timberline.
Origin: Native
Spores: June-September
Growth Duration: Perennial
Pellaea gastonyiGastony's cliff-brake
Distribution: Occurring east of the Cascades crest in northeastern Washington; Saskatoon to northeastern Washington, South Dakota, and Missouri.
Habitat: Cliff crevices, usually on limestone, montane to subalpine.
Origin: Native
Growth Duration: Perennial
Pellaea glabellasmooth cliff-brake
Distribution: Occurring east of the Cascades crest in Washington; central British Columbia to Washington, east to the southern Rocky Mountains, and eastward to central and eastern North America.
Habitat: Cliff crevices, limestone or basalt, from lowlands to the montane.
Origin: Native
Growth Duration: Perennial
ssp. occidentalis – western smooth cliff-brake
ssp. simplex – simple cliff-brake