Friday, September 12, 2008

Blechnum spicant

Another beautiful fern from my summer travels in Vancouver, this is Blechnum spicant. It has separate sterile and fertile fronds; the sterile ones look like regular leaves, while the fertile fronds are contracted and taken up by spore-holding linear sori (lower right photo). This is a common fern in the temperate rainforests of the Northwest. 

1 comment:

Unknown said...

Hello Emily.
I'm from Portugal, and we have this fern too.