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Oct 25, 2015 1:52 AM CST
Mutisia, thank you for posting these silver-leaved relatives of our green Maidenhair fern*, common to our eastern woodlands in Maryland. I just never imagined that our go-to fern for dark, mossy trails that so rarely saw a ray of sunlight in some places, had a silver-leaved relative somewhere growing in full, blazing sun.

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Chile (Zone 9b)
Oct 25, 2015 10:48 AM CST
Thanks for your kind words, Bluespiral.

This is one of several endemic Adiantum species we have. As in the USA, our Adiantums thrive in humid shade. The area where I took these pictures (at the foot of The Andes mountains) originally had tall trees, that were removed in order to sell the land and build a condo Grumbling That's why the ferns were exposed to fulll sun. I was able to visit the place for a few years and observed the ferns that had died back as soon as it got to hot, came back with the first autumn rains.

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