West Highland Flora

Hard Fern


Blechnum spicant

 

Blechnum spicant

Photo Carl Farmer
12 Sep 2002 Portree, Skye

Very common on heathy and rocky ground, dry banks, woods.

Outer (sterile) fronds 10-50 cm.

ID: Fronds tufted, outer ones (green in pic on left) sterile, with numerous shortish, untoothed and undivided pinnules, inner fronds (brown in pic on left, where seen from rear) fertile, with narrow pinnules almost completely covered with sori when ripe.

Other features: Sterile fronds somewhat leathery and remain green over winter.

 

  Blechnum spicant

Photo Carl Farmer
12 Sep 2002 Portree, Skye
 

 
  Sterile fronds - often found without fertile ones
 
 
     
  Blechnum spicant

Photo Carl Farmer
12 Sep 2002 Portree, Skye
 

 
  Rear view of fertile frond
 
 
     
  Blechnum spicant

Photo Carl Farmer
12 Sep 2002 Portree, Skye
 

 
  Occasionally some sterile fronds have forked tips  


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