Wilson's filmy-fern (Hymenophyllum wilsonii)

Ferns of Wales & Ireland


Pteridophytes for the land of Dragons and the Emerald Isle.

Wilson's filmy-fern (Hymenophyllum wilsonii)

29 Mar 2018 1 2 155
Wilson's filmy-fern (Hymenophyllum wilsonii) growing under a boulder at 500m, showing the sori (spore bearing capsules) on the end of the tiny frond. This whole plant is smaller than a fingernail. Cwm Idwal Snowdonia NP Wales

Green spleenwort (Asplenium viride)

24 Mar 2018 1 1 139
Green spleenwort ( Asplenium viride ), a small wall fern, growing on calcareous rock in Cwm Idwal Snowdonia NP Wales

Pillwort

16 Feb 2018 1 110
An underwater shot of one of the least fern like of the ferns, Pillwort (Pilularia globulifera).

Polystichum lonchitis

16 Feb 2018 1 99
A lovely large example of a Holly fern ( Polystichum lonchitis ). Cairngorms, Scotland There are currently only two remaining sites in Wales.

Bracken (Pteridium aquilinum)

23 Oct 2017 2 3 160
Bracken ( Pteridium aquilinum ) regrowth after fire Conwy Mountain

Borrer's Scaly-male fern

30 Apr 2017 1 95
Dryopteris borreri Tudhoe Mill Wood County Durham

Azolla

26 Feb 2017 1 87
Close up of Azolla, a water fern. Trying out the in camera stacking on my new TG-4

Autumn Beech

23 Oct 2016 1 2 122
Autumn colours of the Beech Fern (Phegopteris connectilis). Cwm Idwal

Green Spleenwort

23 Oct 2016 1 105
Green Spleenwort ( Asplenium viride ) on a base rich boulder in the middle of an acid montane grassland. Cwm Idwal, Snowdonia

Green Spleenwort

23 Oct 2016 110
Green Spleenwort ( Asplenium viride ) on a base rich boulder in the middle of an acid montane grassland. Cwm Idwal, Snowdonia

Small Adder's Tongue (Ophioglossum azoricum)

30 May 2016 1 2 165
A pair of Small Adder's Tongue (Ophioglossum azoricum) ferns Llanddwyn Island

Small Adder's Tongue (Ophioglossum azoricum)

30 May 2016 1 229
A pair of Small Adder's Tongue (Ophioglossum azoricum) ferns Llanddwyn Island

Small Adder's Tongue (Ophioglossum azoricum)

22 May 2016 1 92
A very small fern with a very large chromosome number (2n=480). I think the beetle may be a Chrysomela populi. Plant height 15mm. It's taken about three years to find this, even with grid references, so a real 'red letter day' when I found this yesterday. Llanddwyn

Small Adder's Tongue (Ophioglossum azoricum)

22 May 2016 154
A very small fern with a very large chromosome number (2n=480). It's taken about three years to find this, even with grid references, so a real 'red letter day' when I found this yesterday. Llanddwyn

Small Adder's Tongue (Ophioglossum azoricum)

22 May 2016 1 213
A very small fern with a very large chromosome number (2n=480). It's taken about three years to find this, even with grid references, so a real 'red letter day' when I found this yesterday. Llanddwyn

Looking fine

19 May 2016 1 110
Fresh looking fronds of the Male fern ( Dryopteris filix-mas ) in a hawthorn hedge. Brickfield Pond Rhyl

Sori

19 May 2016 126
The underside of the Male fern frond ( Dryopteris filix-mas ) showing the characteristic peltate indiusium. Brickfield Pond Rhyl

Holly fern (Polystichum lonchitis)

13 May 2016 149
Last year's fronds of the calcium loving Holly fern ( Polystichum lonchitis ), rare in Wales and found in only 4 hectads.