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Friday, 27 June 2014

Adders tongue fern

One of the little gems of the open grassland is the adders tongue fern.  This plant is classed as 'scarce' and we are lucky to have at least one site where it grows quite well, in spite of grazing by cattle and red deer.
To look at it you would not class it as a fern - more like a small cuckoo-pint (arum maculatum) which is a common sight beneath hedges throughout the country. 

The fern has one main blade from which the spore stalk emerges.

The adder's tongue fern.  Just one more of the special plants to be found on the Eastern Moors.

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