Royal Fern Osmunda Regalis
Osmunda Osmundaceae family

Leaves: Large, semi-coarse, oblong, usually growing erect in clustered branchlike form.

Style: At a distance this large fern is distinctly fern-like in appearance, but close up its widely-spaced, oblong leaflets look more like Black Locust leaves. Royal fern grows to be six feet or more from an elongated rootstock. Variable in size and shape depending on environment.

Form/habitat: Found in wetlands, along streams, in bogs and lake fronts, in wet patches, low thickets, pastures and meadows.

NWI Status: OBL

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