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Evergreen fern with fronds growing to 30-80 cm long and 5-12 cm broad, pinnate with 20-35 pair of pinnules.
. Native to eastern North America from Nova Scotia west to Minnesota and south to Florida and eastern Texas. This one was photographed in a deciduous forest in east-central Georgia along the Bartram Trail in Columbia County, GA.
It is one of the most common ferns in eastern North America, being found in a wide variety of habitats and locations. The fronds are semi-erect until the first hard frost, after which they recline to be flat on the ground, effectively holding in place fallen leaves so that they become soil on the slope.