Ferns are a unique species of Plants which have No Flowers or Seeds.

The  moist Himalayan mountainside provides Ferns the perfect environment where they flourish and exhibit a vast and diverse range of species.

ferns on the mountainside
Spot the Ferns on this glorious Mountainside

These lovely Ferns sport bicoloured fronds, brown and green.

They spread their wings through Spores and not seeds like Flowering plants with which we are more familiar.

Look at the underside of the leaves  and you may see Red dots, these are clusters of sporangia called SORI.

I was so taken up by the beauty of these lovely ferns that I forgot to take any pictures of the SORI.

bicoloured leaves ( fronds)
Glorious ferns adorn the Himalayan undergrowth

Looking deceptively like coriander leaves  , this is another species of Ferns that grows along with Mushrooms ( Funghi) and Moss.

However unlike Moss, Ferns are classified as Vascular plants. They have cells which transfer water from the roots to the leaflets and vice versa.

coriander fern close up
Fronds resembling the leaves of Coriander

A Fern with rounded  Pinnule ( leaflets) highlights the diversity of these amazing and largely ignored Pterophyta.

rounded ferns
Rounded Fronds or Leaves

The Shiny Blades of the Frond  of the Fern highlight a brown Axis.

Confusing sentence but technically correct highlights different parts of the Fern.

undergrowth and ferns
Large Feather like Fronds

Next time when you huff and puff up a mountain in the Himalayas do glance at the ground beneath you feet, you may see the bearer of millions of Spores.

If anyone can identify and give these species names,  all the readers and I will be Blessed Indeed.


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mukul chand

51 year old entrepreneur who has traveled extensively around the world for work and pleasure , is based in New Delhi, India. A passionate traveler born with a love for flora and fauna, is an active naturalist and amateur photographer. Here he shares his unique insight into Incredible India revealing its mysterious and exotic treasures. Writing from his heart he shares his experiences as he crisscrosses this vast and amazing land.

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