Sunday, January 21, 2018

Dwarf Red Tree Fern

Dwarf Red Tree Fern
Blechnum brasiliense
(BLEK-num) (bra-sill-ee-EN-see)
Synonyms: Red Brazilian Tree Fern, Brazilian dwarf tree fern

Even though this plant lacks the traditional trunk of a tree fern it still has a stubby 12 inch stipe that can be seen if observed closely. Its new growth is anywhere from bright red to washed out pink and the fronds harden off to green.

In botanical terms these photos are examples of Circinate vernation. That’s the name for the way a fern frond emerges. Staying tightly wrapped until hardening off a bit. This plant was growing outdoors during the summer but was brought in during the winter.

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