Cheilanthes alabamensis Buckley
Gleason, Henry A. & Cronquist, Arthur J. 1991. Manual of vascular plants of northeastern United States and adjacent Canada. lxxv + 910 pp.
Species Description - Rhizome rather shortly creeping, its numerous scales linear-subulate, 2–3 mm × 0.25 mm or less, orange-brown, concolorous; lvs not closely tufted, 11–30 cm, the 2–9 cm petiole equaling or shorter than the blade, black, hairy on the upper side, not scaly; blade lance-linear, 2–4.5 cm wide, bipinnate to bipinnate-pinnatifid, glabrous or with a few scattered septate hairs; pinnae 18–25 pairs; pinnules oblong or linear-oblong, 2–8 mm, acute, entire or auriculate at the upper base or pinnatifid with 1–3 pairs of segments, the margins inrolled and with a modified, indusial edge; 2n=87 (triploid). Calcareous bluffs and rocks; sw. Va. to Tenn., and Mo., s. and w. to Ga., Tex., Ariz., and Mex.