Male Fern #1037500



Male fern
Dryopteris filix-mas

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State
Parents
#1017666 and #63226
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Ferns grew already in the Carboniferous, about 400 million years ago. At that time, they grew still tree high. Therefore, they are usually referred as tree ferns. Together with club mosses and horsetail , they formed huge forests. The leaves of a young male fern are rolled up like a snail. They slowly unfurl and then show the typical frond. The male fern looks very similar to the lady fern but it has darker leaves. In the Middle Ages, the peoplpe thought that these were the male and female forms of the same plants.

Current location
This plant is in Plectranthus's Greenhouse.

12/07/17
It began to sprout.

12/03/17
Taken by Plectranthus.