Fern fiddlehead (Sadleria cyatheoides), Kilauea, Hawaii
During hikes around Kilauea there were many places with large ferns, some of which had new growth--fiddleheads. Many of these were about head hight--2 m (~6+ ft).
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Fern leaves often unroll themselves as they mature. The result, while they are still wrapped around themselves, is called a fiddlehead. <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/martinlabar/sets/72157605712130430/">Here's</a> my fern album, which, unfortunately, doesn't have any photos as good as these! (It's mostly not of fiddleheads.)
The Fiddlehead Fern
The Fiddlehead Fern The young fern stretches its fiddlehead, Hair along spine still moist with dew Shining with glow of morning sun…. Reflecting ancient arms of galaxies. No shepherd’s crook, no …