Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Wetland Plant of the Week #23

Woodwardia virginica

"Virginia Chain Fern"

Chain ferns are Facultative Wet members of the Blechnaceae Faimily. Their leaves are bright green and display a characteristic "chain like" venation pattern on each pinnule. They are deciduous ferns with an affinity for acidic wetlands with plenty of sphagnum in the groundcover.

These were photographed a couple of weeks back near Big Shoals State Park in Florida.

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