British Columbia: Ostrich Fern

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  1. Chris Morris

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    Hi, can anyone tell me if Ostrich fern Matteuccia Struthiopteris grows locally here in the lower mainland? The reason I'm asking is because I'm looking for true native plants for my yard, plants that occur or historically grew in this area. I'm at low elevation close to Burnaby Lake.
    So far, I have Sword, Lady, Deer, Licorice and Spiny Wood Ferns. I also know Bracken Fern grows here and have read Male Fern, Western Oak Fern (Gymnocarpium Disjunctum) and Maidenhair Fern (Adiantum Aleuticum) occur here as well.

    Thank you.
     
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    vitog Rising Contributor 10 Years

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    I've read that Ostrich fern grows in the Fraser Valley, and I've been looking for it during my hikes in the area. The only place that I've actually found any of these is in the Chilliwack valley. I also bought one at Gardenworks in Burnaby so that I had an example for identification.
     
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    Daniel Mosquin Paragon of Plants UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    I can confirm male fern, E-Flora BC Atlas Page , as being present - we found it near Burnaby Lake on a BioBlitz several years ago.
     
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    Thanks for all the replies. Yes, I saw Male Fern in The Burnaby Lake bioblitz list for 2010, but not 2011.
     
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    Daniel Mosquin Paragon of Plants UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Certainly not common in the area (in present day); we only collected one frond from the few plants to make the documented record, since it is relatively uncommon locally.
     

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