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Arranged slides of fern scales

by Brian Darnton and Tony Wills, UK

 

As autumn approaches, this is a good time of year to study ferns, their spores and scales. The photograph below shows an arranged circle of scales of the Rusty Backed Fern (Ceterach officinarum). The microscope slide was prepared by Brian Darnton and photographed by Tony Wills.

 

A Victorian arranged slide showing scales of an un-named fern, is shown below. Photographed by Tony Wills.

Images Brian Darnton, Tony Wills 1998.

Read the Micscape article 'The Rusty Backed Fern' by Brian Darnton, which describes this fern and the general preparation and arrangement of fern scales.

 

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