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Disclaimer: Foraging can be fun, rewarding and provide health benefits. As a novice forager, I will be sharing my foraging experiences. However, in order to be safe, always consult with local foraging experts and guidebooks before beginning foraging. Children should learn to forage safely by being guided by experienced adults. Never ingest anything unless you are certain of the identification and safety of the plant. Some plant species are inedible and some are poisonous.

New York Fern (Parathelypteris noveboracensis) (Also known as: Thelypteris noveboracensis): Images

Date Location Notes Images
July 2, 2012 Southeastern, New Hampshire At first I thought this might be Eastern Hay-Scented Fern (Dennstaedtia punctilobula) since it is a green-yellow color and did not grow in circular clumps. But Eastern Hay-Scented Fern is bipinnate-pinnatifid and the sparse and very small, cup-shaped sori are found on the sinus margins. New York Fern is bipinnate and the sori are more common, much larger, horseshoe-shaped and not on the sinuses of the margins. New York Fern has a long, hairy rachis (midrib of leaf blade) while Eastern Hay-Scented Fern has shorter and fewer hairs.

Some keys to identifying this fern include:
  • Yellow-Green (like Eastern Hay-Scented Fern)
  • Long-tapering, sometimes wavy pinnae (leaflets).
  • Horseshoe-shaped sori near margins.
  • Bipinnate.
  • Lower pinnae (leaflets) gradually getting smaller and then very small down the main stem (not far from the ground).