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Massachusetts Fern

Thelypteris simulata

Habitat: Found in woods and in along banks of streams or in swamps

Features: Lowests leaflet pair points toward the ground; grows in a scattered pattern from the ground; medium sized and fragile fern; leaves stand firm and upright; rounded pinnules

Height: 1-2.5 ft. (30-75 cm.)

Axis: Green with a few hairs toward the top of the leaf

Stalk: Light brown and slightly scaly at the base; yellow-green at the top

Sachar Woods, Brandeis University, MA October 2002