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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.

Bracken Fern (Pteridium aquilinum): Images

Date Location Notes Images
June 11, 2012 Southeastern, New Hampshire This is supposed to be the only large fern (up to 3 ft. tall) in New England where the blade is divided into three segments. The two basal pinnae are relatively large. The blade is often held parallel to the ground. The stipe is smooth and grooved. Sori are silvery at first, turning brown later in the year. The sori are often covered or partially covered by the reflexed margins of the pinnules.

Key:
  • Sporangium with well-developed annulus forming a complete or near complete ring. Usually bearing 16-64 spores only.
  • Sori located at the leaf margin.
  • Petiole not appearing to fork into 2 divisions. (Family: Dennstaedtiaceae)
  • Sori not borne in cup-like structures. Leaf blades wide (40-70 cm). (Genus/Species: Pteridium aquilinum)
  • Terminal segment of leaflets 2-4 times as long as wide. (Subspecies: latiusculum)