Friday, April 26, 2024

Side hill lace

 Licorice ferns, Polypodium glycyrrhiza, on old roots dangling down a dripping side hill.

With mosses and powdery lichens.

We see this fern growing mostly on mossy tree trunks, usually big-leaf maples, far above our heads, but the rhizomes can also spread over rocks. It likes vertical, mossy surfaces. Here, it's down at eye level, on a side hill cut into to make space for a narrow trail.

Esto es helecho de regaliz, Polypodium glycyrrhiza, creciendo en unas raices viejas colgadas sobre un corte vertical en el terreno, tal corte hecho para hacer espacio para un sendero angosto. Comunmente vemos este helecho muy por encima de nuestras cabezas, creciendo en los troncos de árboles, principalmente de acer de hojas grandes, Acer macrophyllum, pero también sus rizomas pueden extenderse sobre rocas y tierra. Prefiere superficies verticales cubiertos de musgos.

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