Walking around the gate and heading down the trail –
Nature provides a wealth of visual stimulation and one of the first thing that catches my eye are the “cinnamon sticks” of the cinnamon fern (Osmunda cinnmomea).
Next time you see this fern take a close look at the cinnamon stick. What you see are the casings housing the spores (sori). You will see little round cases that have a slit opening across the top. One side of the casing contracts as it dries which the case to split and the spores to be ejected
Osmunda ferns date back over 200 million years and were around when dinosaurs roamed the earth.
Further down the trail another Osmunda caught my eye. This time it was the royal fern (Osmunda regalis). The leafs are a different shape and a little daintier but the sorin casings look very similar.
That’s all for now – but standby for future postings. If anyone has pictures or words about the flora or fauna found on the Halpatiokee Trail contact me so we can get you published.