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This is the fiddlehead of a young, vascular plant. Ostrich fern grows in colonies that pop up and unfurl in early spring. The third photo shows an older plant and the fourth photo shows the rhizome.
Grows in moderate shade in poorly drained soil on the banks of the Chemung River.
Ostrich fern’s fiddlehead/crozier is edible and may be prepared by boiling for 20-30 minutes. The groove on the ostrich fern’s rachis (long axis) and papery brown parts that peeled off helped to identify it. Here is an example of the striking dimorphism in this species: https://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/20...
Spotted on Apr 29, 2019
Submitted on Oct 5, 2019