Pteridium aquilinum (L.) Kuhn - Bracken Fern
Family - Dennstaedtiaceae
Stems - No info. yet.
Leaves - No info. yet. Abaxial surface of pinnule.
Inflorescence - No info. yet.
Flowers - No flowers, plants reproducing by spores.
Flowering - July - September.
Habitat - Openings of rocky woods, upland forests, road banks. Mostly on acid soils.
Origin - Native to U.S. and nearly cosmopolitan.
Other info. - This large fern species can be found mainly in the Ozark region of Missouri but is also found in a few northern counties. This big species is easy to identify in the field as nothing else really resembles it. In some areas the plant can grow to 3m tall. The rhizomes of this species can grow very very long, to nearly 400m, yes 400m.
Photographs taken in Marquette, MI., 7-21-02.