Category Archives: Ferns

Clover Fern

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Clover fern (Marsilea vestita) is another aquatic fern that does not resemble our visual idea of a fern. This member of the Marsilea Family (Marsileaceae) inhabits seasonally wet habitats such as vernal pools, pond margins, creek beds and muddy places … Continue reading

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Jekyll/Hyde Fern

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In my last post (on 05-13-20) an aquatic fern, red water fern (Azolla filiculoides) was presented. In addition to being physically different from our usual idea of a fern, red water fern, depending on one’s point of view, can be … Continue reading

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Red Water Fern

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In February, Leonard and I were walking along Abbott’s Lagoon Trail in Point Reyes National Seashore (California) with friends, Chris and Edith. Passing a pond covered in green and red, I was tempted to ignore that aquatic plant. Thankfully Chris, … Continue reading

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Pod Fern

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Ultramafic rocks can be either igneous or metamorphic. They are characterized by a very low silica content (<45%), high magnesium and iron content and low potassium. Serpentine soils, which are rather rare and localized in distribution, are derived from ultramafic … Continue reading

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Lace Lip Fern

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The lace lip fern (Myriopteris gracillima) was known as Cheilanthes gracillima until recently. The taxonomy of Cheilanthes is very complex. On the basis of new phylogenic analysis Amanda Grusz and Michael Windham in 2013 proposed separating 47 Cheilanthes species from … Continue reading

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Leathery Polypody

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While camping at Bullard’s Beach State Park in Oregon, Leonard and I walked to the old Bullard Family Cemetery early one morning. The previous day we saw wren tits in the brush surrounding the cemetery and I wanted to photograph … Continue reading

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Bracken Fern

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I have not posted a fern in a long time. . . Bracken fern (Pteridium aquilinum), a cosmopolitan plant found throughout the world, is considered one of the most abundant plant species. Its habitat is acidic, often sandy, soils, dry to … Continue reading

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