Jan. 19, 2021

narrowleaf spleenwort, Homalosorus pycnocarpos

Narrowleaf spleenwort is a common woodland fern. The young shoots of related species are eaten, but I haven't found a specific reference to this one. Why is it photographed at an angle? Obviously to get the bottom of the frond, I had to be manipulating things. I could have easily gone with the more natural direction of straight up. But this way, you get more in the frame. Straight up or even straight across would mean you get a shorter length of frond from the same distance. And maybe it's less boring? Anyway, you'll see this strategy a lot as you look at images here. Narrowleaf spleenwort grows in AL, AR, CT(E), DE, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD(T), MI, MN(T), MO, MS, NC, NH(E), NJ(E), NY(V), OH, PA, RI, SC, TN, VA, VT, WV, ON, and QC. Fulton Co OH, (/27/14. Family Diplaziopsidaceae