ORIGINAL WATER-COLOR DRAWINGS
By C. E. FAXON and J. H. EMERTON.
Descriptive Text by Daniel
PROFESSOR OF BOTANY IN YALE
ESTES AND LAURIAT.
ostrich-fern is one of our finest ferns, being surpassed
in grandeur only by Acrostichum aureum,
Woodwardia radicans, and perhaps Osmunda regalis.
plant is propagated chiefly by long and slender stolons,
bearing appressed rudimentary stalk-bases. These stolons
are said by Sachs to originate from buds formed on the
stalks near the base: they run underground for several
inches or a foot, and at the end rise to the surface and
there thicken into a short erect caudex, covered by
imbricating stalk-bases, and throwing up from the apex a
grand vase-like circle of foliage, which is often higher
than a manís head, and sometimes extends above his
are seldom over a foot long: they are flattened,
blackish, and chaffy at the base, but above ground they
are green, drying dull-brown, somewhat four-sided, and
deeply channelled in front, when dried furrowed on the
sides also. They contain two flattened fibro-vascular
bundles. The stalks of the sterile fronds are rather
longer than the others, but more rigid, and remain erect
till the second year..............................