A couple of months ago I planted some silver fern spores. For a while nothing happened, but now I have 2 different types of plants growing in my pot, and I'm not sure if I should be removing one of them.

This is my pot: My flower pot

As you can se there are 2 different types of plants. The first one:

first plant

And the second one:

second plant

I think that the second one is the first stage of the fern growth cycle, but I don't really know much about plants so I'm not sure.

Also, if one of them is the fern, should I be removing the other things that grow in the same pot?

Thanks for your help.

EDIT: Backside of fern: back side of fern

More recent photos:

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EDIT 2: Here is the same planta a couple of months later:

baby fern

baby fern

fern leaves

backside of leaves

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    I live in Mexico City, but I bought the silver fern spores in New Zealand. I'll take better pictures of the bottom of the leaves in a couple of hours.
    – Topo
    Jun 6, 2016 at 17:04
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    The #1 plant looks like cilantro or flat leaf parsley.
    – Debbie M.
    Jun 6, 2016 at 19:46
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    I don't think it is a silver fern (they growth/unfold differently en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Koru). But the form of black steam let's me think it is really a fern, and I don't see dicotyledons, but we don't have the photo on the lower parts) Jun 7, 2016 at 13:28
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    Hello, what's that? Could we get a close-up of the green "blob" on the left margin of the last photo, please? That might be the gametophyte form you are looking for. Compare movin2newzealand.wordpress.com/2014/07/28/… (scroll about 2/3 down the site)
    – Stephie
    Jul 8, 2016 at 6:02
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    perhaps it's something like button fern (Pellaea rotundifolia)? Aug 12, 2016 at 22:30

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The first one might be a type of Cilantro or a related weed. Rubbing your hands gently on the leaf and smelling it can tell you if it is so.

The second one is definitely a fern. It appears to be a variant of the Single Maiden Hair Fern. Pinpointing it could be easier when the fern is a bit more mature.

The button fern, Pellaea rotundifolia as Ben has mentioned doesn't appear to be it, but it could be something related. I have planted a couple of different variants of the Maiden Hair Fern in my garden. I will go look at it during the day and see if they are related to this one. Neither of them seem to have that hairy growth on the leaflets though.

I don't think this is the New Zealand Silver Fern. Two years ago, someone gave me a one - two year old specimen that was growing too big for their space. I have since planted it in the biggest pot I have, and at about 4 years, this guy is the biggest fern I have, with spectacular fronds, just a darling to admire. Even the young ones don't look like the beautiful fern you have.

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