Open leaflets of male fern, Dryopteris

Open leaflets of male fern, Dryopteris

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Credit: DR JEREMY BURGESS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Fern leaflets. Macrophotograph of leaflets on the stem of a frond of the scaly male fern (Dryopteris pseudomas). Fern leaves start as tight knots, and the stem unrolls first, and the leaflets, which also start coiled, unroll after the stem. The male scaly fern is a very common fern which is found throughout Britain in damp woods and on wasteland and scree. All ferns reproduce by means of spores, which are dispersed in this species between July and October. Damp conditions are required for the male and female cells, which are both produced in the spore, to meet and produce a new plant.

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Keywords: botany, dryopteris pseudomas, fern, fern leaf, ferns, frond, leaf, leaflet, leaflets, nature, plant, pteridophyte, pteridophytes, scaly male fern

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