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Fertile frond with no leaf stalks yet present on the plant. Unlike most ferns, they do not have sori on the underside of the leaves, but rather the spore-bearing structures are on their own stalk as in the photos. This one was around 3 feet tall.
Hardwood forest among lots of leaf litter near a stream at Sweetwater Wetlands Park
Spotted on Jan 29, 2020
Submitted on Feb 17, 2020
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