Pteridium aquilinum var. latiusculum — Overview

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This large fern varies in attractiveness depending on the condition of its leaves. Because of its relatively large size and tendency to be locally abundant, Bracken Fern lends an exotic tropical aura to the temperate woodlands and savannas where it occurs. This effect is magnified when it occurs with other large ferns, like Osmunda regalis (Royal Fern) and Matteuccia struthiopteris (Ostrich Fern). Because of the triangular shape of its compound leaves and its tall erect petiole, Bracken Fern is easy to recognize, although somewhat variable across its range


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Source: Illinois Wildflowers

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