Monday, June 8, 2015

Virginia ferns, part I: Asplenium

Last week there was a once-in-a-decade fern conference held at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. Every ten years or so the fern community gets together to hold such a meeting, and people come from around the world to hear about what's new and exciting in fern biology. Next Generation Pteridology was the name of this meeting and it was a great success and a lot of fun. After the conference, I headed to the field with some old fern friends to do a bit of exploring in western Virginia. We were particularly interested in finding populations of Asplenium and Dryopteris species, and we were successful. I'll post the pictures of Dryopteris in part II, but here are three species of Aspleniums and a few other botanical highlights.

Asplenium platyneuron
Asplenium trichomanes
Two Aspleniums
Asplenium rhizophyllum, the walking fern
Athyrium filix-femina, lady fern
Pellaea glabra
Some gratuitous lichens! 

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