Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Ferns in the Czech Republic

After our field work in Italy, the next stop on our itinerary was the Czech Republic. We reached Ceske Budejovice in the southwestern Czech Republic after spending most of a day and night on trains, from Sestri Levante to Milan, Venice, Vienna, and then Ceske. We were hosted by Libor Ekrt of the Botany Department at the University of South Bohemia, and he took us on several wonderful trips over almost all of the southern and western parts of the country.

First stop was a beautiful peatland called Borkovická blata.

Dryopteris cristata
Dryopteris carthusiana
We also visited a site outside Mariánské Lázne, a town in the very western part of the country, which had a number of Asplenium species growing on rock outcrops.
Asplenium trichomanes ssp. quadrivalens
Asplenium trichomanes
And in the southeastern part of the country, we visited the Blansko district, and a densely forested site with Aspleniums and Dryopteris filix-mas, among others.
Asplenium scolopendrium
Wall of Asplenium scolopendrium
Dryopteris filix-mas
Asplenium ruta-muraria
Gymnocarpium robertianum
Asplenium trichomanes

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