Some interesting facts about ferns, which inspired the collection I will be showcasing over the next few weeks.
~Ferns are extremely diverse in habitat, form, and reproductive methods. In size alone they range from minute filmy plants only 2 to 3 mm tall to huge tree ferns 10 to 25 metres in height.
~Ferns are part of an ancient division of vascular plants, some of them as old as the Carboniferous Period (beginning about 359 million years ago)
~Their type of life cycle, dependent upon spores for dispersal, long preceded the seed-plant life cycle. ~The number of confirmed fern species is about 9,000, but full estimates range to as high as 15,000, the number varies because certain groups are still poorly studied and because new species are still being found in unexplored tropical areas.