Birdfoot Cliffbrake, Bird's Foot Fern
Pellaea mucronata var. mucronata
Synonyms: Pellaea longimucronata, Pellaea mucronata ssp. mucronata
Birdfoot cliffbrake as seen along the Montezuma Valley Road just downhill to the south of Culp Valley, several miles southwest of Borrego Springs, CA.......March 29, 2011. It should be evident from this photo that this variety is 2-4 times pinnate.
Birdfoot cliffbrake as seen at the base of a granitic rock in the wash of Hornblend Canyon upstream from San Diego County Route S-2, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.........March 26, 2011.
Birdfoot cliffbrake as seen between granitic boulders in the desert wash of Hornblend Canyon, located on the west side of Highway S-2 at about MP 26.1, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park..........March 30, 2010.