Friday, March 21, 2008


Deer fern, Blechnum spicant, Woodhaven Swamp, Belcarra.

How can you not love a fern named "Blechnum?" Deer fern thrives on damp, forested hillsides and is notable for having two types of fronds, leafy green sterile ones that tend to hug the ground, and spindly, erect fertile fronds that grow from the centre of the cluster. At this time of year these are particularly spindly, and brown. (Last year's crop.)

1 comment:

BerryBird said...

I love reading your blog and learning about plants and creatures that don't live in my neck of the woods. Blechnum is a great name indeed! I looked it up on the PLANTS database to see the range, and discovered it is in the Blechnaceae family. Another good name right there.