Saturday, July 26, 2014

Ferns in Italy: the Apennines

The next stop on our European trip was the Italian Riviera. We spent several days doing fieldwork in Ligura and the Apennines along the northwestern coast of Italy. Our host and guide here was a wonderful friend I met through the American Fern Society's Facebook page. We visited several beautiful, forested sites in the mountains surrounded by marble mines.

Our base was the seaside city of Sestri Levante, the most beautiful city I've ever been to.

Head first in Dryopteris
World War II ordnance

Dryopteris and Asplenium
Dryopteris affinis
Dryopteris affinis 
Polystichum setiferum
Asplenium trichomanes ssp. quadrivalens
Blechnum spicant
Dryopteris borreri
Asplenium ruta-muraria ssp. dolomiticum
Asplenium trichomanes
Asplenium ceterach ssp. bivalens

Dryopteris x mantoniae, named for British cytologist Irene Manton.
Italian pteridologist Dino Marchetti provides some scale!

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