Osmunda cinnamomea L. - Cinnamon Fern
Family - Osmundaceae
Stems - No info. yet.
Leaves - No info. yet.
Inflorescence - No info. yet.
Flowers - No flowers, plants reproducing by spores.
Close-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.