This sword Fern was found in Redwood Canyon. It had 8 fronds, non of which were fertile. There was only one Sword Fern in the area. The Rachis was 42 cm long. There were 2 dead fronds.
This sword fern was found next to a building. Only one was found in the area. About 2 feet wide and 1 foot tall. Has very sharp leaves. And most of the leaves on the fern appear to be alive.
Sword fern on side of rock in dry creek bed. Spores on 2 of 5 fronds. Over 10 dead frond lying against rock. One or two fern per meter in area.
10 fronds all infertile about an average of 1 1/2 ft. long.
Found just before getting to the redwood grove on Grouse Hill. The seemingly dead leaves still had seeds on the back.
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
Found on a side of a building near an observatory. It is about 18-24 inches in radius. was not shaded by any type of tree, which is slightly odd. found in a grassland/chaparral biome
Found on the side of our observatory building in a dry chaparral area with no redwoods around.
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.