Baby Fern

The unopened leaves of this fern (could be the Etlingera littoralis) resemble the hairspring of a watch. Once uncurled, they will open to their mature size. The small bright green pods are densely covered with stomatal pores for rapid exchange of carbon dioxide and oxygen, a feature that allows the leaves to grow rapidly while they are opening.

Learn more about ferns in our Wild Asia@Moonriver Rainforest Conservation & Restoration programme.

(Source : Rain Forests & Cloud Forests by Sandved & Emsley)

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2 thoughts on “Baby Fern

  1. Its amazing. So beautiful. Symbolic and simple. Thank You for sharing your thoughts and knowledge with us xx Chrissie

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