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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

Fern 9: Fern With Sorus on the Tip of the Frond

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Sorus

Another type of fern where  clustered sporangia enveloped on the tip of the fertile fern frond.

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This is how it looked like as a whole fern plant.

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Fern with sorus on the tip of the fertile frond

 

Location: South Cotabato/ Division: Pteridophyta

Fern 8: Fiddleheads

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Fern’s fiddlehead

Fern FiddleheadThe sun was up already as I was walking on a damp and mossy trail not far away from the campsite one morning, I stumbled on to this beautiful fern’s fiddlehead.

Fern Fiddlehead

Fern's FiddleheadThe furled fronds of a young fern and its sori arrangement always get my attention. I find it amazing how they differ in look, structure and sizes. I even created  a little fernery in our yard.  Ferns help in cleansing the air. Ferns

When the fiddlehead  unfurl this is what it will become.

 

Location: South Cotabato/ Division: Pteridophytes

Fern 7: Fern With an Arc-Shaped Sorus

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Fern with an arc-shaped sorus covered by indusium.

This fern has an arc-shaped sorus, covered by a kidney-shaped protective plates called indusium. The sori are arranged in a linear pattern on the underside of this fertile frond.

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Exposing the sori of the fern.
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This is the upper surface of the frond.

 

Location: South Cotabato/ Division: Pteridophyta

Fern 6: Fern With an Oval-Shaped Naked Sori

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Oval-shaped sori with immature sporangia

An oval-shaped  naked sori of a fern with immature sporangia are arranged in a row on both sides of costa on the underside of a fertile frond.

Fern Sori

The sori are in a depression forming an embossed shape on the upper surface of the frond.

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Location: South Cotabato/ Division: Pteridophyta

Fern 5: Fern With Hairy Blades

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Location: Samal Island/ Division: Pteridophyta

Fern 4: Fern With Separate Fruiting Body

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Fern with separated fruiting body

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Location: South Cotabato/ Division: Pteridophyta