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July 10th, 2012

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08:49 pm - My New Favorite Fern
It's called Maidenhair Fern, or Adiatum pedatum.

Maidenhair Fern (Adiantum pedatum)

I like the black stipe, and the way the fronds radiate from the main stem. I also like the softness of the fronds, and their green.

Maidenhair Fern (Adiantum pedatum)

This one gives you an idea of how it radiates. I don't think the pictures do it justice, of course.

Maidenhair Fern (Adiantum pedatum)

This is part of a stand. The trail was pretty narrow, so it wasn't possible to back up far enough to get a good over all view.

I don't recall having seen this in Seattle parks before. I could well have missed it, and just noticed it now. It grows in climates similar to North Beach, so it can grow there if it isn't already.

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Date:July 11th, 2012 04:06 am (UTC)
I agree, I've always thought that maidenhair ferns are some of the prettiest ferns ever! They grow well in Minnesota, and I think they exist in some parts of California

But what are you doing posting on line? Don't tell me your campground has wifi.
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Date:July 11th, 2012 04:25 am (UTC)
It was a short trip -- we're back already. We left Sunday morning, got to Salt Creek in time enough to look at the tide pools some and explore the bunkers in the park (it's a decommissioned WWII gun emplacement), and then spent all day Monday with more tidepools and a hike that Julie's Journey Tracker (app) said was about nine miles, but the guide books say is about five miles. It was beautiful, that's where we saw the maidenhair ferns.

It would do well in North Beach Park if it isn't there already.

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