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 horticulturally, especially in propagating and growing orchids. Cinnamon Ferns do not actually produce cinnamon; they are named for the color of the fertile fronds.

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