Fern Fiddles

Baby fern fronds are called fiddleheads.

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They unfurl from the earth, unrolling and lengthening as they spread out their leaflets.

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A cross-section looks like that of a chambered nautilus.

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This fiddle is from one of my favorite ferns, the Japanese holly fern/Cyrtomium falcatum. 

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One reason I love this fern is its random arrangement of sori on the underside of the fronds.

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No nice little rows for this fern.

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When the fiddles unfurl, spring has sprung.

Wait for it…

Follow the Flower

 

 

 

 

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