Interrupted Fern Osmunda Claytonia
Osmunda Osmundaceae family

Leaves: Leaves are large, coarse, oblong oval, broadest at middle. Leaves grow in an arching form from a central crown. Distinctly curve outward where fertile leaves more erect. All leaves wither early after frost.

Style: Large, coarse fern, arching ingrowth, with distinct interruptions in center of leaf, which are fertile leaflets.

Form/habitat: Found along roadsides and woodland ridges, rugged and persistent in almost all kids of soil locations. Perfers stony, dry soil, and the earliest fern to appear in spring.

NWI Status: FAC

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