4 fronds, all fertile. Average rachis length= 20 cm. Average sori length= 10 cm.
Approx. 2 rachis, 2 fronds, found in dry stream bed in redwood forest, producing spores
Common plant growing amongst the California huckleberry at the Redwood campground.
especially on floor of redwood groves
Can be found throughout the walking trail
- below breast height;
- pinnate fronds with finely toothed opposite leaflets;
- light brown stalks;
- brown sori (spores) on the back of the leaflets look like little eyes and tentacles;
- younger sword ferns are bright green with slightly curly leaflets;
- yellow hairy fiddleheads look like sea horses with long noses;
- grows everywhere at the site, mostly on open forest areas.
Thick, long fronds with dark leaflets.Leaves taper towards the ends. Finely toothed leaflets with a sword hilt shape towards base. Slightly glossy with brown spores on the underside of the leaves. The young shoots form curly shapes where leaves curve inward.
Fronds are dark green and perfectly symmetrical and get bigger as they move up from the base until they reach the middle and then begin to decrease in size again, Leaflets are serrated and have dusty spores on the underbelly of each leaflet. Taller than other ferns in area.
Small, frond-dense shrub. Leaves are green with splotchy, red-brown discoloration.