by Mrs. Boekhout
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It is a fern because it has soft stems, like a flowering plant, but it
doesn't have any flowers. Ferns reproduce by spores which can be found
on the backs of the leaves.
This small fern is the only BC fern that has two very different kinds
The fertile fronds of the Deer Fern grow upwards and have very thin leaflets.
The non-fertile leaves lay more flat against the ground and have wider
Here are the two kinds of leaves, non-fertile (wider) and fertile
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