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Monday, August 9, 2010
Braun's Holly Fern
One of the hikes during the conference was on the NCT in the Chequamgon (say shuh-WAH-muh-gon) National Forest at the Brunschweiller River. One of the leaders was the botany guy from the NFS. He said that there was a threatened fern along the way if you knew where to look. And, of course, he did. So I asked to see it! Here you go.
This is the Braun's Holly Fern, Polystichum braunii. I'd never seen it before. But if you notice the pinnae, they are rather distinctively shaped. I think I will recognize this if I ever see it again.
The stipe (lower stalk) is hairy and thick.
I like how the fiddleheads uncurl... still new ones even though some fronds are fully unfurled.