Dienstag, 12. April 2011

Plant of the Day

The first "Plant of the Day" is Phegopteris connectilis (Michx.) Watt., a member of the Thelipteraceae and the only species of the Genus Phegopteris indigenous to Germany. In German we call it "Buchenfarn" (beech fern) and in English it is know as Long Beech Fern.

This fern can easily be recognized by the last pair of leaflets, which are showing downward and gives the fan the look of a compass needle.

I found this one in the "Sauerland", a mountainous region in North Rhine-Westphalia, Western Germany. It grows in the neighbourhood of a ravine forrest south of Siedlinghausen. It is a very moist place where you can finde many high shrubs like Aconitum lycoctonum L. and Lunaria redivia L. Such moist mountain forrests are the typical habitat of this fern.

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