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Bracken

Pteridium aquilinum

Habitat: Found in woods and in fields; doesn't grow in rich soil; likes full sun or partial shade

Features: Appears early in the season; triangular shaped leaves with three leaves to a stalk; pinnules taper slightly and become rounded at the tips; leaves are nearly horizontal at the base

Height: 1-5 ft. (30-150 cm.)

Axis: Green and smooth

Stalk: Dark-brown at the base and green at the top

Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary Natick, MA October 2002
Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary Natick, MA November 2002