Friday, March 28, 2008
Monday, March 24, 2008
A friend who knows I study ferns sent me a link to this video on YouTube a few days ago. It's called Journey Through Ferns and was made by a user named artvisionary, who has many vids up similar to this one. It's basically slow fly-over camera work of a lush, beautiful group of ferns, set to some cool background music. It's relaxing, but as the music picks up it also becomes kind of invigorating. Her other videos are similar, of rainforests and early morning bird songs. But of course, the fern one is the best!
Friday, March 7, 2008
Sunday, March 2, 2008
Another beautiful fern from Costa Rica, this is Hemionitis palmata, in the Pteridaceae. These fertile fronds were about 3.5 inches across, and shaped a little differently from the non-fertile frond shown at top left (which was also from a different plant). The non-fertile fronds seem to be mostly three-lobed, while the fertile fronds we saw were five-lobed. They are all very soft on the upper (adaxial) surface. The sori lack indusia, and typically form this linear, netted pattern. The common name of this species is 'starfern'.