Royal Fern

 

Growing to 3″ tall, the Royal Fern is one of our largest swamp ferns. Ferns, along with mosses and clubmosses, produce from spores, unlike most plants that produce from seed. Ferns reproduce through the release of spores from tiny sacs (sporangia), commonly occurring in clusters (sori) found on the underside of the frond (fern leaf). One way to identify the Royal Fern is to look for the brown sori on the underside of the fertile (seed bearing) leaflets atop the fern fronds.

Latin Name: Osmunda Regalis

Habitat: Swamp