Fern Friday: Wild Boston Fern

Sometimes it can be hard to differentiate our native sword ferns - Nephrolepis exaltata & Nephrolepis biserrata from their invasive, non-native relatives - Nephrolepis cordifolia & Nephrolepis brownnii. All of these ferns, too often, are called Boston fern or, to…

Fern Friday: Downy Maiden

Downy maiden fern (Thelypteris dentata) was volunteering along the foundation of the Ryall house at the South Prong Slough when we visited on 5/15/2022. Also known as downy shield fern, this attractive tropical/subtropical fern is naturalized throughout Florida, including along…

Fern Friday: Resurrection & PDT

Resurrection fern (Pleopeltis michauxiana) is a desiccation tolerant plant. During dry times, each resurrection fern frond "curls up" on itself exposing the underside of the frond which is covered with roundish (peltate) scales. These scales help to slow dehydration and…