Interrupted Fern – 9/4/20

Observer: Paul Lauenstein Observation Date: 9/4/20 Observation Time: 1:25 p.m. Observation Location: Moose Hill Farm (TTOR) Common Name: Interrupted fern Scientific Name: Osmunda claytonia Comments: The species name (claytoniana) is a tribute to John Clayton, an 18th century botanist and one of the earliest collectors of plant specimens in what later became the Commonwealth of Virginia. The common name (Interrupted Fern) is a reference to […]

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Royal Fern – 6/13/20

Observer: Paul Lauenstein Observation Date: 6/13/20 Observation Time: 5:50 p.m. Observation Location: Moose Hill Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary Common Name: Royal Fern Scientific Name: Osmunda regalis Comments: The royal fern belongs to the family Osmundaceae; fossils belonging to this family have been found in rocks of Permian age (230,000,000 years before present), a time when the continents were consolidated into the supercontinent Pangea. More Information: Wikipedia

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Christmas Fern – 10/31/18

Observer: Kathy Farrell Observation Date: 10/31/18 Observation Time: N/A Observation Location: Off Mountain Street, off Bay Rd. Common Name: Evergreen Fern, or Christmas Fern Scientific Name: Polystichum acrostichoides Comments: One of the commonest ferns in eastern North America, being found in moist and shady habitats in woodlands, rocky slopes, and stream banks. The common name derives from the evergreen fronds which are often still green at Christmas […]

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Bracken Fern – 5/23/18

Observer: Paul Lauenstein Observation Date: 5/23/18 Observation Time: 9:45 a.m. Observation Location: Moose Hill Farm (TTOR) Common Name: Bracken Fern Scientific Name: Pteridium aquilinum Comments: Bracken fern often becomes dominant after disturbances such as fire, logging and grazing due to its deep rhizome. Humans have used bracken fern for thatch, livestock, bedding, and food, though it does contain some toxic compounds. More Information: Go Botany

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Sensitive Fern – 5/23/18

Observer: Paul Lauenstein Observation Date: 5/23/18 Observation Time: 7:25 a.m. Observation Location: Moose Hill Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary (Billings loop) Common Name: Sensitive Fern Scientific Name: Onoclea sensibilis Comments: The susceptibility to frost of the sterile fronds gives sensitive fern its name. It spreads rapidly and can form large colonies. The spores are not released until the spring following the season in which the fertile fronds are produced. More […]

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Hay-scented Fern – 5/23/18

Observer: Paul Lauenstein Observation Date: 5/23/18 Observation Time: 6:55 a.m. Observation Location: Moose Hill Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary (Billings loop) Common Name: Hay-scented Fern Scientific Name: Dennstaedtia punctilobula Comments: Hay-scented fern is very common in Sharon. It is often found growing in large colonies, forming a green carpet on the forest floor. It can be identified by its lacy, light-green fronds. It can be confused with New York […]

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Cinnamon Fern – 5/22/18

Observer: Paul Lauenstein Observation Date: 5/22/18 Observation Time: 9:40 a.m. Observation Location: Town conservation land near Beaver Brook Common Name: Cinnamon Fern Scientific Name: Osmundastrum cinnamomeum Comments: The Osmundastrum cinnamomeum fern forms huge clonal colonies in swampy areas. These ferns form massive rootstocks with densely matted, wiry roots. This root mass is an excellent substrate for many epiphytal plants. They are often harvested as osmunda fiber and used […]

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Royal Fern – 5/12/11

Observer: Paul Lauenstein Observation Date: 5/12/11 Observation Time: 6:45 a.m. Observation Location: Moose Hill Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary board walk Common Name: Royal Fern Scientific Name: Osmunda regalis Comments: The royal fern belongs to the family Osmundaceae; fossils belonging to this family have been found in rocks of Permian age (230,000,000 years before present), a time when the continents were consolidated into the supercontinent Pangea. More Information: Wikipedia

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Hay-Scented Fern – 5/12/11

Observer: Paul Lauenstein Observation Date: 5/12/11 Observation Time: 6:55 a.m. Observation Location: Moose Hill Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary Common Name: Hay-scented Fern Scientific Name: Dennstaedtia punctilobula Comments: Hay-scented fern is very common in Sharon. It is often found growing in large colonies, forming a green carpet on the forest floor. It can be identified by its lacy, light-green fronds. It can be confused with New York fern, […]

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