Weeds of Wednesday: Bad hair day or not?

As part of his basic botany walk/talk on November 18, 2017, Dr. George Rogers, Horticulture Chair at Palm Beach State College, pointed out the difference between native Boston fern (Nephrolepis exaltata) and non-native Asian sword fern (Nephrolepis browneii), both of…

Throwback Thelpyteris Thursday: Southern Shield Fern

Southern shield fern and widespread maiden fern are the names favored by Dr. Richard Wunderlin, the University of South Florida botanist responsible for the Florida Plant Atlas, for the fern pictured above,┬áThelpteris kunthii. Other common names abound, including Kunth's maiden…

Throwback Thelypteris Thursday: Hottentot or Willdenow’s Fern

Pictured above is hottentot fern (Thelypteris interrupta), a native fern that grows along the mesic (moist) hammock loop trail at the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area (ORCA). Its fronds are usually 3 - 4' long and grow from an underground rhizome…