Ferns growing beside a woodland path

Ferns growing beside a woodland path

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Caption: Woodland ferns. Ferns of the class Filicales (at left) growing beside a woodland path. The path has been constructed of wooden boards; the edges are covered with moss. There are many species of fern, but most prefer to grow in damp, shady conditions. Their leaves are known as fronds. Paths are often constructed along popular hiking routes where the ground is boggy. They also help to minimise soil erosion and compaction caused by walker's boots. Mosses typically thrive in damp conditions where other vegetation is thin. They cannot tolerate being trampled and so are restricted to the sides of this path. Photographed on Vancouver Island, Canada.

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Keywords: botany, fern, ferns, filicales, hiking, leisure, moss, nature, path, plant, prevention, pteridophyte, pteridophytes, soil erosion, undergrowth, woodland, woodland path

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