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Maidenhair ferns are used in the creation of herbal medicines. Parts of the Maidenhair fern are used for helping to cure colds, asthma, sore
throats, kidney stones and liver problems.

The leaves of the Maidenhair fern are also used to make an herbal tea.

I found this fern growing near the natural outlet of Montezuma Well in
central Arizona. It prefers to grow (or hang from) stream-side rocks rich in
minerals, such as limestone containing carbonate.

October 30, 2008


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Ejnar FjerdingstadIn Denmark

Ejnar Fjerdingstad

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these are called Venus hair ferns!
Posted Nov 1, 2008 1:44 pm

lcarreauRe: In Denmark


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That's great! I'm assuming that the Goddess
'Venus' must have had the most beautiful hair
in the universe?? [She had to (to) have a fern
named after her!]

But then, what do I know about Venus???
Posted Nov 1, 2008 8:38 pm



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These ferns look like chin hair! Okay, maybe not. Great shot!
Posted Nov 1, 2008 7:23 pm

lcarreauRe: Beautiful!


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Chin hair? Geez Trina, I'm assuming that you
always keep "binocular man" in stitches with
your remarkable style of humor.

You have some truly awesome photos of the PNW!
Are you going to take a break now, or are you going to head up to Chinook or Snoqualmie
Pass and partake in some "winter mountaineering" activities???

Whatever - I always wish you the best of luck!

Larry of AZ
Posted Nov 1, 2008 8:46 pm

yatsekI'm Jealous


Voted 10/10

This beautiful photo makes me feel jealous. I bet the limestone's centuries - not just a half - old, and it still attracts maidenhair.
Posted Nov 30, 2008 5:56 am

lcarreauRe: I'm Jealous


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Yes, maidenhair is a very attractive species
of fern. I can't understand why it's attracted to a very old piece of limestone,
but there's a reason for everything. :))

Thank you my friend! -Larry
Posted Nov 30, 2008 9:52 am

Vid PogachnikIt grows also in Istria

Vid Pogachnik

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We found it in dark, wet creek ravines. In Slovenian it's also called Venerini lasci (Venus hair ferns).
Posted Nov 30, 2008 6:35 am

lcarreauRe: It grows also in Istria


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That's where I found this species - it was
growing inside a dark, wet creek ravine
beneath a Sycamore or Plains tree.

Hey Vid, could you please attach a few of
your images to my Calcium Carbonate Corner album?? - Hvala from Larry
Posted Nov 30, 2008 9:49 am



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Over here it is called Gospin vlasak

Very good tea for kidney/bladder related problems,
probably second best to bearberry tea.
Posted Nov 30, 2008 7:50 am

lcarreauRe: Yes


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Thanks, guys! I'm sure it has many names!
If I was a "globetrotter," I'd be able to
fly across the "Big Pond" more often.
Then, I could compare this species with its
European counterpart.

I think I'll gather some up for tea!!!
Unfortunately, I ate too much food (once again) for the traditional feast. Hvala, my friend!!!

Posted Nov 30, 2008 9:44 am

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