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Osmundastrum cinnamomeum [=Osmunda cinnamomea]

Cinnamon Fern

Scientific Name:

Osmundastrum cinnamomeum [=Osmunda cinnamomea]

Genus:

Osmundastrum

Species Epithet:

cinnamomeum

Common Name:

Cinnamon Fern

Plant Type

Fern/Clubmoss/Allies

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Osmundaceae (Royal Fern Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Invasive Status:

(*Key)

Size:

1-3 ft., 3-6 ft.

Light:

Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day, Less than 2 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Moist, Wet

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Sandhills, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Bogs, marshes (including tidal), moist forests, floodplains, swamp forests, and other wetlands. Common throughout NC.

Leaf Arrangement:

Basal

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Fern Frond

Leaf Form:

Compound

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Important for Wildlife

Landscape Value:

Highly Recommended and Available

State Rank:

S5: Secure (*Key)

Global Rank:

G5 - Secure (*Key)

Notes:

Produces spores from March to May

Cinnamon-brown colored fertile frond

New Hanover County, NC

The Scientific Name is Osmundastrum cinnamomeum [=Osmunda cinnamomea]. You will likely hear them called Cinnamon Fern. This picture shows the Cinnamon-brown colored fertile frond of Osmundastrum cinnamomeum [=Osmunda cinnamomea]

Bettina Darveaux

Close-up of fertile frond with brown pinnae that are strongly ascending to form a narrow "spike-like" structure containing the sporangia

Jackson County, NC

The Scientific Name is Osmundastrum cinnamomeum [=Osmunda cinnamomea]. You will likely hear them called Cinnamon Fern. This picture shows the Close-up of fertile frond with brown pinnae that are strongly ascending to form a narrow

Bettina Darveaux

Cinnamon Fern with Spore Frond

Eastern Wake County

The Scientific Name is Osmundastrum cinnamomeum [=Osmunda cinnamomea]. You will likely hear them called Cinnamon Fern. This picture shows the Cinnamon Fern with Spore Frond of Osmundastrum cinnamomeum [=Osmunda cinnamomea]

Bill Switzer

Fertile pinnae with ripe sporangia

Orange County, NC (NC Botanical Garden)

The Scientific Name is Osmundastrum cinnamomeum [=Osmunda cinnamomea]. You will likely hear them called Cinnamon Fern. This picture shows the Fertile pinnae with ripe sporangia of Osmundastrum cinnamomeum [=Osmunda cinnamomea]

Lisa Lofland Gould

Pinnae with Harvestman ("Daddy-long-legs")

Forsyth County, NC (wildflower garden)

The Scientific Name is Osmundastrum cinnamomeum [=Osmunda cinnamomea]. You will likely hear them called Cinnamon Fern. This picture shows the Pinnae with Harvestman (

Lisa Lofland Gould

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record



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