British Columbia: Central Park Fern

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  1. rootbboy

    rootbboy Active Member

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    Fern in Central Park, Vancouver Canada.

    The stem seemed to have chaff on it which rubbed off on my fingers (see last photo for stem).
     

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    togata57 Generous Contributor 10 Years

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    Bracken?
     
  3. Georgia Strait

    Georgia Strait Generous Contributor

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    spiny wood fern?
    Dryopteris expansa

    ps - is that your plant book in the photo? (Coastal plants by Lone Pine Publishing?)
     
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    Yes, that's my book. How can I single it out from Dryopteris arguta?
     
  5. Georgia Strait

    Georgia Strait Generous Contributor

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    good question - the only reason i had any inkling of what your Central Park Bby fern might be is that I have them at my cottage on the other side of Vcvr.

    as for discerning one from the other - I looked at Wiki - and even the write-up there allows that it is easy to mix them up --- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dryopteris_expansa

    I suppose one needs to compare side-by-side specimens etc.

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    if you like wildflowers of the Pac NW ...
    do you have the Dr. Lewis J. Clark book - Harbour Publishing re-issue - http://www.harbourpublishing.com/author/LewisJClark
    maybe it might be helpful to go with your Lone Pine books. The downside of the L Clark book is that you have to flip back and forth a few pages from description-diagram - to the photo - but it's worth it if you're keen - and then compare to the Lone Pine Publishing Coast and Interior books

    ps - if you go to book sales / garden sales / garage sales - keep an eye out for the much smaller, specialized books by same author - they are approx 6 x 8 inches, and staple bound (ie "saddle stitched softcover) and were published way back - in the early 70's I think - they are the type of book that everyone's grandmother had in her cottage library or on the boat. If you click on this link (below) - then scroll down thru the images - do you see the photos of books with retro graphic design - one is avocado green, another bright orange - the fonts on the cover are old 70's style. http://www.amazon.com/Lewis-J.-Clark/e/B001K8V7VC
     
  6. Ron B

    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    Dryopteris don't have a main rachis that forks above the ground in the manner of bracken.
     
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    chimera Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    Yes, not Dryopteris, agree with togata57 that it looks like Bracken.
     
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    chimera Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    Gymnocarpium species , oak fern, are also branched.
     
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