Osmunda cinnamomea L. - Cinnamon Fern

Osmunda cinnamomea plant

Family - Osmundaceae

Stems - No info. yet.

Leaves - No info. yet.

Osmunda cinnamomea leaf

Inflorescence - No info. yet.

Flowers - No flowers, plants reproducing by spores.

Osmunda cinnamomea fertile frondClose-up of fertile frond.

Flowering - April - June.

Habitat - Acid seeps, moist, shaded ledges of bluffs, bottoms.

Origin - Native to U.S., South America, and Asia.

Other info. - This showy species can be found in just a handful of southern Missouri counties. The plant is more common in states to the east. The plant is very easy to identify because of its cinnamon-colored fertile frond which is produced just before the vegetative fronds (leaves). This is an attractive species which is sometimes cultivated and would do well in a shaded, moist, acidic spot.

Photographs taken at the Weymouth Woods Sandhills Nature Preserve, NC., 4-27-03.


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