Sunday, 4 July 2010

fern seed

The dustlike spores of ferns, formerly believed to be seeds and once thought to have the power of making their possessor invisible.

We have the receipt of fern seed, we walk invisible (1 Henry IV., act iv. 4).
The seed of certain species of fern is so small as to be invisible to the naked eye, and hence the plant was believed to confer invisibility on those who carried it about their person.
It was at one time believed that plants have the power of imparting their own speciality to their wearer.

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