Interrupted Fern
Osmunda claytoniana
Family Osmundaceae

* On the fronds, the fertile, dark green segments are located between the normal, pale green, barren segments. This arrangement, where the fertile segments "interrupt" the barren segments, gives the fern its name.
* Young fronds covered with woolly, pinkish hairs.
* Spores green.
* Height: 12-60".

Natural History:
* Habitat: Acid, rich soils with plenty of moisture.
* Range: Throughout North America; India.
* Native.

* "I come from haunts of coot and hern,
I make a sudden sally
And sparkle out among the fern,
To bicker down a valley."
-Alfred, Lord Tennyson, 1809-1892


Created by: Allaire Diamond and Jiasuey Hsu
Maintained by: Nick Rodenhouse
Created: July 31, 1998
Last Modified: November 21, 2008