Lady Fern


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Lady Fern

 

(Athyrium filix-femina), an herbaceous perennial plant of the family Polypodiaceae. The leaf blades are bipinnate or tripinnate. The sori, which are elliptic, falcate, or hooked, are situated along the lateral veins of the leaf blade segments. The indusia have incised edges and shed when ripe. The lady fern is found in the forest zone of the northern hemisphere, growing in damp, shaded places. The plant is used as an ornamental and medicinally as an anthelmintic.

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A LADY FERN shows off delicate green fronds against bronze-red foliage of Acer palmatum 'Atropurpureum'.
The lady fern is found scattered in moist conifer and deciduous forests, where it tolerates a high degree of shade.
Beginning at the wind-swept Golden Bluffs beach (where shoe and boot prints in the sand take on anthropomorphic qualities), this hike takes you through a shallow stream with great photographic opportunities in an old-growth redwood forest with several species of ferns: five-fingered ferns, dark green sword ferns, and lady ferns. I am particularly enamored of the dancing light on small stones in the shallow, swirling river beds, where I click my camera incessantly.
A small waterfall at the furthest end leads into a drill edged in primulas, hostas and ferns - evergreen Hart's tongue ferns as well as deciduous varieties such as the male and lady ferns.
ATHYRIUM {eh-THIR-ee-um} Roth 1799 * Lady Ferns * (Greek athyros, doorless; sporangia tardily pushing open margin of indusium.]
It will take centuries, if not millennia, for the Dyerville Giant to decompose and donate its nutrients to lichens, mosses, sword ferns, lady ferns, redwood sorrel, trillium, salmon berry, tanoak, California laurel, chipmunks, squirrels, deer, porcupines, bobcats, spotted owls, thrushes, wrens, warblers, and future redwood giants.
Lady ferns (Athyrium filix-femina) flank conifers in summer; they die back each winter but return with warm weather.