Fern of some sort?

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  1. JayBreezy

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    9CA689B1-35E7-461C-8437-8FAD2823382D.jpeg D7FB16BB-41B8-408D-8B23-021FCE95FD83.jpeg 8C89CA4C-A69D-4395-9FAA-648A09320F3E.jpeg Hello, I found this in Devonian Park in Metchosin on a trail, growing on a giant granite outcropping surrounded by Fawn Lily’s and Hen and chick succulents, moss and ferns.

    In a darker wooded area, with a fresh water stream parallel to the path, which has a natural bog full of skunk cabbage adjacent. Third photo is for ecocline context.

    It’s leaves are 3 inches in diameter, and underneath the leaves it has the green moss / spikes growing downwards and out. Speckled tops. Any ideas? Much appreciated!
     
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    Good afternoon , it appears to me to be a Harts tongue fern with a disease.
     
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    I think this is a lichen, similar to Lobaria pulmonaria - lung lichen.
     
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    Thank you; I haven’t seen a heart’s tongue that is round, is that a variation?
    Thank you; I haven’t seen a heart’s tongue that is round, is that a variation?
     
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    Interesting… does Lung lichen have the spiked underside? Picture one on the left really shows how that is connected to the button of the leaf… or would that disease as noted above?
     
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    I was thinking
    Asplenium scolopendrium crispum Cristatum - Harts Tongue Fern
    But it appears you now have the ID
     
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    And now I’m going down a rabbit hole! Does this always happen ?! lol. This has been an excellent introduction to this forum, thank you for the crowd sourced brain power … I feel lots of hours are going to be spent here!
    Freckle Pelt Lichen, Vancouver Island, BC | Gohiking.ca
     
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    Just linked your thread to the ferns forum. I think it's an ideal one to have there.
     
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    The fern is almost certainly one of BC's polypodium ferns; probably Polypodium glycyrrhiza (Licorice fern) which is common and widespread along the NA west coast. Hart's tongue fern is not native to BC and unlikely to be found in the wild area where you were hiking. With all the plants you saw, it must have been a wonderful experience.


    Good work identifying Peltigera aphthosa which, like Lobaria pulmonaria, is known to fix nitrogen. I have attached an article written by Terry Taylor in BC Nature magazine a few years ago. https://bcnature.org/
     

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    Update: Through much help here we’ve determined it is a common Freckled Pelt Lichen!
     
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    Side note: the world expert on Peltigera is Trevor Goward from the interior of BC. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the world hotspot for biodiversity of Peltigera is BC.
     
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