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

Royal Fern

Royal Fern