This furled frond of a young fern had a gelatinous substance covering the entire rachis or the midrib of frond.
Some parts of it were insects trapped in the slime. It made me think that the mucous covering will served as its protection from the insects that feed on its sap.
And maybe, these ferns were sharing the same habitat together with insects that feed on young ferns. Well, just a thought.
Location: Buda/ Habitat: Forest/ Division: Pteridophyta