This glorious fern lives under the orange tree in our yard. It fascinates me! I’ve been searching Google images all morning, but I can’t seem to locate a similar one. When I do I’ll post the botanical name.
From early March through late June or July, it unfurls these otherworldly fronds. When I started photographing the process I expected it to take several days. Two days later the tightly wound coils unfurled, leafing out into large, fan-like leaves.
I learned the hard way that the dusting of brown feathery scales is a skin irritant, no doubt a natural defense mechanism against foes and photographers alike. I had to toss all clothes in the wash and shower-mid day to stop the infernal itch. Beware!
Now that fern-unfurling has arrived in my backyard, I’ll be out there everyday, camera in hand. I’ll keep a respectful distance of course. Birding is fun but ferning is funnier!
Update: This is a Woodwardia fimbriata, commonly known as a Giant Chain Fern