Monday, May 23, 2011

Sensitive Fern and Christmas Fern Fiddleheads

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Sensitive Fern (Onoclea sensibilis)

I knew we had thousands of sensitive ferns in the woods but had never identified their fiddleheads until this spring. I'll be sure to get photos of the mature plant. If it weren't for the black flies (which are especially bad this year), I'd be out there now getting photos of them growing. I'm able to identify five ferns now: sensitive, interrupted, Christmas, ostrich and cinnamon! I'm proud!

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Young sensitive fern

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Young sensitive fern

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Christmas Fern (Polystichum acrostichoides)

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Christmas fern fiddlehead with unidentified spider

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Christmas fern fiddlehead with unidentified spider

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