• The Point Reyes Beach as viewed from the Point Reyes Headlands

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Ferns

Nature and Science

Myrtle's silverspot butterfly resting on a fern.

Point Reyes is host to 13 species of ferns from six different fern families. Ferns are by far the largest group of living seedless vascular plants. Vascular plants have stems, roots, leaves, and vascular systems that transport water, minerals, and food. Other seedless vascular plants include horsetails and club mosses. Ferns have a worldwide distribution on all continents except Antarctica and most islands. Keep your eye out for ferns along creek banks and in moist places; you’ll be rewarded with views of the delicate five-finger fern, California maiden-hair, wood fern, bracken, and more.



View Fern and Fern Allies of Point Reyes species list (9 KB PDF, Adobe® Acrobat Reader® required)

Did You Know?

Bubblegum coral. Image courtesy of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute.

On the Cordell Bank, just 32 kilometers (20 miles) to the west of Point Reyes, there are deep-water corals that are 10 to 15 meters (33 to 50 feet) high and estimated to be over 1500 years old. More...