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Interrupted Fern

Osmunda claytoniana

Habitat: Common in wooded areas and in open fields. Isn't that picky as to the type of soil.

Features: Appears early in the spring; the middle sections of the leaves are usually interrupted by about four consecutive, small leaflets (not seen in the adjacent picture); large, coarse fern; grows in a circular pattern from the ground

Height: 2-4 ft. (60-120 cm.)

Axis: Green and smooth

Stalk: Green and smooth

Sachar Woods, Brandeis University, MA October 2002