Saturday, June 20, 2009

Wetland Plant of the Week #22

Osmunda regalis

Royal fern

The royal fern is an Obligate member of the Osmundaceae Family, they have thick creeping rhizomes and roots that are black, wirily and clump into large masses. Leaves are bipinnately compound with alternating leaflets and display finely toothed margins.

This one was photographed about a week ago near the Suwannee River in Columbia County, Florida.

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