Eyes of Paint Branch

Conservation, Education, and Action for the Paint Branch and Its Watershed

Inventory of Biodiversity and Significant Habitats in the Paint Branch Watershed

By John M. Parrish, Field Botanist/Ecologist 2001

1.5.1 Rock Outcrops

Common Name / Latin Name

  1. Interrupted Fern Osmunda claytoniana
  2. Fragile Fern Cystopteris fragilis
  3. Marginal Wood Fern* Dryopteris marginalis
  4. Maidenhair Fern Adiantum pedatum
  5. Rock Polypody* Polypodium virginianum
  6. Virginia Snakeroot Aristolochia serpentaria
  7. Forked Chickweed* Paronychia canadensis
  8. Starry Campion* Silene stellata
  9. Columbine* Aquilegia canadensis
  10. Wild Sarsaparilla* Aralia nudicaulis
  11. Hairy Skullcap Scutellaria elliptica
  12. Dittany Cunila origanoides
  13. Fringe-tree Chionanthus virginicus

Within the Paint Branch Watershed, these plants are found almost exclusively associated with rock outcroppings and/or rich rocky soils in the immediate vicinity of rock outcrops.
Plants denoted by * are epipetric, that is they often are found growing directly upon rocks in rock crevices or amongst mosses in very shallow soils over bedrock.