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Anyone familiar with this west coast fern?

Posted by w1ldflower WA (My Page) on
Mon, Oct 14, 13 at 14:29

Found this fern growing in a garden outside of Seattle, WA. It stood about 2' in height. Not sure if it was a native or transplant, but it seemed to be content. Hoping someone can help put a name to it. Thanks!


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RE: Anyone familiar with this west coast fern?

polypodium glycyrrhiza GUESSING


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Blechnum spicant

Rgds


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  • Posted by morz8 Z8 Wa coast (My Page) on
    Mon, Oct 14, 13 at 23:33

Looks like deer fern to me too - Blechnum spicant


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Thank you! I believe deer fern is correct. Pondering how it got such a horrific sounding Latin designation? :)


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glad to know. it is a good looking fern


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'Blechnum' comes from the ancient Greek word blechnon, meaning 'fern'; 'spicant' means 'tufted' or 'spiked'.


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  • Posted by bboy USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA (My Page) on
    Tue, Oct 15, 13 at 17:27

Notice it produces two types of fronds, the fertile, spore-bearing ones standing up in the center and the sterile ones forming the basal tuft.


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RE: Anyone familiar with this west coast fern?

Thanks, gardengal48! That makes a bit more sense. Thank you also, bboy. I did notice that on inspection and collected a few of the fertile fronds. It really is a handsome garden specimen and didn't seem to take the abuse of the Seattle rains like some of the more delicate ferns.


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