More delicate than the finest holiday crystal, the leaf segments of this coffee fern (Pellaea andromedifolia) are covered in tiny spherical water droplets. The largest of these droplets is about the size of the head of a pin, the smallest perhaps the size of a grain of salt.
Initially green, coffee fern turns various shades of red, brown, or purple with age.
From a run in the Boney Mountain Wilderness in Pt. Mugu State Park on Saturday.
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