Sensitive Fern – 5/23/18

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 5/23/18

Observation Time: 7:25 a.m.

Observation Location: Moose Hill Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary (Billings loop)

Common Name: Sensitive Fern

Scientific Name: Onoclea sensibilis

Comments: The susceptibility to frost of the sterile fronds gives sensitive fern its name. It spreads rapidly and can form large colonies. The spores are not released until the spring following the season in which the fertile fronds are produced.

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