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Leather-leaf fern

Polypodium scouleri

Description:

This is an interesting fern that has a waxy and leathery texture. Characterized by the round-tipped leaves, except for the end leaf which is in contrast is conspicuously long and a little more pointy.

Habitat:

Spotted growing on a moss covered deciduous tree at Kalaloch Beach. Olympic National Park. It is a plant of the coastline, growing in cracks on coastal bluffs, in oceanside forests, beach dunes, and similar habitat. It is often affected by heavy fogs and sea spray.

Notes:

It is native to coastal western North America from British Columbia to Guadalupe Island off Baja California.

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Brian38
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Brian38

Washington, USA

Spotted on Dec 25, 2018
Submitted on Dec 29, 2018

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