Patterns and Shapes in Nature- 5

Fern frond

This is a late evening shot of the fern frond.

Ferns are shade-loving ornamental plants. Though they thrive in tropical forests, ferns have adapted to temperate weather as well.

As is visible, this fern frond is bearing fruit bodies or Sporangia on its ventral side.  They produce spores.

The fern symbolizes eternal youth. To the Maori tribe of New Zealand, the fern represented new beginnings. To the Japanese, the fern symbolizes family and the hope for future generations. According to Victorians, the fern symbolized humility and sincerity.