Jul. 14, 2019

spinulose woodfern, Dryopteris carthusiana

Ferns vs. flowers. Should a wildflower site celebrate the flowerless ferns? Of course! Fronds have a special charm. And like flowers, we learn from them. Holarctic kingdom? How could I have gotten this far down the botanical road and not come to that one before. It's a floristic region that includes the temperate and arctic areas of the northern hemisphere. Plants across the region have a common ancestry, and therefore much in common. Or they just occupy much of the area, like spinulose woodfern. With us it grows in AL, AR(T), CT, DE, GA, IA, ID, IL, IN, KY(SC), MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NY(V), OH, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN(T), VA, VT, WA, WI, WV, all of Canada, and SPM. Hocking Co OH, 5/16/13.