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Royal Fern

Osmunda regalis

Habitat: Found in woods and in damp areas along the banks of streams and in swamps

Features: Long, oval shaped pinnules that are widely spaced; large leaves that stand tall; pretty common fern; grows in a circular pattern from the ground;

Height: 2-5 ft. (60-150 cm.)

Axis: Faint tan with a hint of green

Stalk: Slightly red at the base, but light tan at the top

Lexington, MA November 2002