Matteuccia struthiopteris, the Ostrich Feather Fern, gradually spreads by rrhizomes and creates large colonies in damp shady corners. In dry soil and sunlight it very rapidly becomes a sorry sight and, once wilted, dries out quickly to a light brown wafer. It is one of the key features of the moist woodland area (the 'rainforest') and looks especially beautiful in the spring when the fresh fronds begins to unfurl. It has two types of frond: with spores and without; I have never known it to seed (or 'spore') itself around.
© Maciej Pomian-Srzednicki, 2009
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Matteuccia struthiopteris - a small colony

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