Close-up of the lower stalks of a fern's fronds.

Botanical Nerd Word: Stipe

Stipe: 1. In ferns, the stalk of the frond, equivalent to the petiole of seed plants; 2. In orchids, the stalk-like connection between the viscidium and the pollinia.*

This potted, indoor fern is putting out new fronds – a sure sign that the days are getting longer!

*Pell, S.K., Angell, B. (2016). A botanist’s vocabulary: 1300 terms explained and illustrated. Portland: Timber Press.

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