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Ostrich fern

Matteuccia struthiopteris


Beautiful, octopus-like plant with purple fruiting bodies that resemble tentacles. It grows at the water's edge and is about 2 feet tall. Stems are thin, straight and reedy. These are old fronds that appear sun bleached.


Seen at the border of a non-tidal marsh at Tanglewood Nature Center. The marsh is surrounded by dense, temperate woodland.

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Machi a year ago
Ostrich Fern
Matteuccia struthiopteris Matteuccia - Wikipedia

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mauna Kunzah
mauna Kunzah a year ago

Wow, I wouldn’t have imagined a fern to look this way. You’re right! Thanks, Machi.

Machi a year ago

I think those are last year's fertile fronds

mauna Kunzah
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mauna Kunzah

New York, USA

Spotted on Apr 28, 2019
Submitted on May 2, 2019

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