Fern 10: Gelatinous fiddleheads

Gelatinous Fern Fiddlehead

This furled frond of a young fern had a gelatinous substance covering the entire rachis  or the midrib of frond.

Gelatinous Fern Fiddlehead

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.

Gelatinous Fern Fiddlehead

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

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