Marsh Fern and Dragon Fly 27 Aug. 2016 Bar Harbor

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Bright green, rather fragile, growing out from packed wet red maple leaves in remains of vernal pool. Fronds growing in scattered groups.

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Pinnae attached to Rachis with very short stalk. Veins are forked. Rachis is green and has soft tiny hairs.

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End of Stipe has a dark tip.

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I looked for a fertile frond but could find nothing with Sori. Here is a small frond with characteristic curling at the edges.

Dragonfly on the Marsh Fern. I think it is Sympetrum but I’m not sure of the species.

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A Meadowhawk Dragonfly , I think. This photo shows the pinnae, wide at the rachis of the Marsh Fern, and not tapered as those of the Massachusetts Fern.

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