Remember this cute little fern that grows in the cemetery ravine? I'm STILL struggling with it. In April I decided that it must be Rusty Woodsia. Now I'm not so sure. Here it is today.
Still looks about the same, right. Well... on the top. Underneath it is beginning to show the sori. Sori are little dots of spores. What I can't tell yet is if the spores are covered with a little thing called an indusium.
But, you can clearly see the pattern of the sori. I'm pretty sure now that it can't be Rusty Woodsia, but is probably one of the other Woodsia. It might be Blunt-lobed Woodsia, Woodsia obtusa.
I just hope that it develops a lot this week so that I can get a better look at those spores. And... I've ordered a better fern book than my little beginner book. I think I'm ready.
Update Note: April 2011- this has been identified almost certainly as Fragile Fern Cystopteris fragilis.
I have so many things to share! I just keep finding new things everywhere I look! But I also have prep for the next round of hiking to do- we will leave in about 10 days. Thanks so much to those of you who keep coming back to share my journeys, whether around the back yard or out on a more distant trail. You make it even more fun for me!
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