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Discussion in 'Plants: Identification' started by michelled, Oct 14, 2007.

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    michelled Active Member

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    Hello everyone: I took this picture in late April in West Vancouver. Alas, it was on public land so there was no one to ask what it is. I think it's a fern of some kind, but the head you see here was atop a long (about 18") stem, not compact to the ground like the ferns we normally see here in the rainforest. Any ideas?

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    Michelle
     

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    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Bracken (Pteridium aquilinum).
     
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    Thanks so much. Would this be the same bracken often referred to in English novels, as in "She wandered through the bracken..."?

    Michelle
     
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    I just found a page on the web that includes bracken (Pteridium aquilinumin) in the common category of fiddleheads. Is this correct or a misconception?
    Michelle
     
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    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    All ferns produce fiddleheads, they are the unfolding new fronds.
     
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    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Yep
     

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