Leptosporangiate fern

I’m a little too excited because of this pictures. These pictures were taken of a sorus (the brown thing on the leaf) of a fern throw the foldscope and when I first saw them I had no idea of what was I looking at, but I knew I was going to know later because of…

Fern spore catapult

I planted a fern in my garden a couple of months ago and ferns have been taking over! I’m not sure about the species — Ostrich fern (Matteuccia orientalis)? I remember learning about fern reproduction involving some strange alternation of generations with ‘spores’ that grow on the underside of leaves. Sure enough, there were a…