Polypodium, Ferns on the Wall

Common polypodia, polypodium vulgare There's little common about this characterful fern that grows in Ireland Common polypodia, polypodium vulgare There's little common about this characterful fern that grows in Ireland

I'm currently working on my favourite images from the year 2017. This year has seen a lot of variety in my photographic subjects, from images of fine dining to music festivals, landscapes and animals. A little of everything that makes Ireland what it is.

This image is from January, the opposite end of the year from now - December, yet it looks like it could be from high summer.

These interesting ferns, seen here growing from a wall, are very common in Ireland and often grow in limestone rich rocks. Underneath, a carpet of mosses add a real soft feel to the hard man-made wall that divides private from public property; nature as we know respects little that humans put in its way.

The underside of some of the polypodia are rich in sori, the reddish-brown circular structures seen on the left of the image. Sori are clusters of sporangium vessels in which spores are formed, the the way that ferns and mosses reproduce.

It goes to show that Ireland is green even the winter, and characterful.

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Last modified on Tuesday, 19 December 2017 20:00

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