Male fern #148931

Male fern
Dryopteris filix-mas

There are no known parents.
#152833 , #153887 and #154918
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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. In German the male fern called worm fern. It gets the name not only because of the worm-like shape of its sori but also because he was formerly used as a remedy for tapeworm infestation.

Current Location
This plant is in Butter's Greenhouse.

Jun 17, 2014, 7:37:02 PM
Finally full grown.

Jun 13, 2014, 8:37:03 PM
It began to sprout.

Jun 5, 2014, 7:46:23 PM
Taken by Butter.