New Plant Species for the Domain?

If so, this has been a long time coming! Dryopteris intermedia, quite common in deep gorges and ravines farther up the plateau, has until now eluded us Domain plant seekers. Today, while wading in a creek below Lake Dimmick with fellow plant enthusiast Margaret Matens and her doggies, I happened upon this beauty, growing on the rocks beside a cascading waterfall. I’m hopeful — but have been fooled before! Collected a single frond, took a picture, and my fingers are crossed in the hopes that we will finally be able to say that this plant, known as “fancy fern,” “intermediate woodfern,” and “glandular woodfern” among others, is at  home here on the Sewanee Domain.




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