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Fragments from Floyd

Biota of the Blue Ridge: Maidenhair Fern

The delicate tiara of an unfolding Northern Maidenhair frond

This time of year happens far too fast. Where is the slow motion, the pause button for April? You can feel the energy pulsing underground, a power that will even today across the Southern Mountains push a trillion tiny leaves from their protective bud scales for the first time into the light of the sun. And it begins.

2 thoughts on “Biota of the Blue Ridge: Maidenhair Fern”

  1. Thanks so much for the wonderful shots of flowers and plants – I’ll try to memorize them so I recognize the plants when I see them in the future! I have two species of maidenhair fern on my property here in South Florida – it is such a delicate and beautiful fern. I’ve been doing a bit of research this morning on verbesina alternifolia and verbesina occidentalis to try to find out more about how it fits into the ecosystem. My place in Floyd is over-run with one or the other of the plants (perhaps both?) and I wonder if its exuberance suppresses the growth of other plants. I did discover that both plants are natives but why are they in the woods? The sources I read said that the plants are considered weeds of the pasture and roadsides. Interesting.

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