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Maiden Hair Fern
Transcript of Maiden Hair Fern
Environment and Physical Description
Looks very fragile and droopy; grows into a fan shape.
Grows in clusters on wiry black stems.
It is found in temperate climates from warm-temperate to tropical, where the moisture content is high but not saturating, in the moist, well-drained sand, loam or limestone. Many habitats, including rainforests, shrub and woodlands, broadleaved and coniferous forests, and desert cliff seeps, and springs.
This type of fern is mostly seen in moist sheltered places.
This plant is native to the southern half of the United States from California to the Atlantic coast through Mexico and Central America, to South America. It is also native to Eurasia, the Levant in Western Asia, and Australasia.
This fern is also seen in the Black Hills of South Dakota and Fairmont Hot Springs in British Columbia.
Characteristics of Maiden Hair Fern
Life Cycle of Maiden Hair Fern
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Presentation Created by Tori A. Fuller
The Maiden Hair fern is seedless, meaning that is contains vascular tissue and does not produce any flowers or seeds.
This fern is vascular meaning that the plant has lignified tissues for conducting water and minerals throughout the plant
The Maiden Hair Fern reproduce using haploids, unicellular spores instead of seeds.
Because ferns don't grow flowers like other plants they produce sexually from their spores. The beginning stage of the plants life is called a gametophyte, which are small heart shapes plants produced from the spores of a mature plant that have been germinated. From there the gametophyte produces both sperm and egg then fertilizes itself. An adult fern is the outcome and it begins to grow. In the second stage, or the adult stage, in the ferns life the gametophyte begins to look like a mossy growth on the plant. After some time, small stems grow form the moss like areas, however, these may fall off if in direct sunlight. Moreover, if these do not fall off they help transport water throughout the plant. Once the plant if fully matured, spores began to grow on the other side of the leaves and the cycle starts over.