Sunday, June 27, 2010

OK snapshop: Under undervegetationen

Underneath the understory.
Added by LS: This is leaves from the bracken fern ('örnbräken'), a species they just showed to produce carcinogenic compounds that are not broken down in nature and that can enter the drinking water.  It has been eaten in Asia, but in Sweden it is mostly thought of as nature's umbrellas and a common sight along roadsides and on forest clear cuttings.  It is a gorgeous plant, even if toxic and invasive in many parts of the world.

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