Nardoo

Ern Mainka

Melbourne, Australia

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Nardoo (Marsilea drummondii) desert water fern, Northern Territory, Australia.
These small plants are of unusual appearance and do not resemble common ferns. The long-stalked leaves have four clover-like lobes and either held above water or submerged, hence the common names such as “water clover” and “four-leaf clover”.
The sporocarps of some Australian species are very drought-resistant, surviving up to 100 years in dry conditions. On wetting, the gelatinous interior of the sporocarp swells, splitting it and releasing a worm-like mass that carries sori, eventually leading to germination of spores and fertilization.
Sporocarps of some Australian species, e.g. Marsilea drummondii are edible and have been eaten by Aborigines and early white settlers, who knew it under the name ngardu or nardoo.
Art Panorama 6×17cm, Fuji RDP film.
© Ern Mainka

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