Wednesday, January 16, 2013
These are billions of spores of a bird's nest fern, Asplenium nidus. If environmental conditions are favorable, like the humid but warm rainforest setting, a lot of these will find germination easily. However, nature provides allowances for harsh environments. For assurance of the species to continue living in the world, with whatever confrontations they might encounter, a lot are provided. This is the analogy of the single sperm cell that solely will be fertilizing an egg cell.
My two bird's nest plant are started from a seedling less than a foot in diameter. They are planted very compactly near each other so competing for space. Each one is now growing to about one meter in diameter, and have been producing spores for a few years now. However, i have not yet seen a nearby seedling yet in our vicinity. That is probably because we are in the more dry conditions, unsuitable for their growth. But i hope a few of them are carried by winds and water to nearby trees for propagation and continuance of the species.
Posted by Andrea at 2:22 PM