1-12 Schizaeaceae, climbing fern family
Family is mostly tropical in distribution, with a single elusive species found in the Maritimes. Hardly resembling a fern, there are both sterile and fertile fronds. The sterile frond is much reduced to a threadlike green blade, so narrow they usually coil at the base of the plant. Fertile fronds rise above the base on slender stipes, with the comb-shaped sporangia at the top. Nova Scotia has one elusive species. Photo use donated by David Mazerolle.
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