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It seems to be a type of fern. It grows up from the ground about half a foot on this thin little stem. They tend to cluster together. The winter kills off the leaves which then sprout up from the roots the next spring.


Partially wooded habitat. Though probably fine in more heavily treed areas, they have survived loosing shade after huricanes and pine beetles have destroyed many of the trees. The soil is mostly hard red clay with a thin level of decomposed plant material on top in some areas.

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drP 9 years ago
Bracken fern
Pteridium aquilinum Pteridium aquilinum

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drP 9 years ago

Definitely bracken fern. As you noted, one of their features is a high tolerance for direct sunlight. Nice picture!

weloco 11 years ago

Maybe a Bracken fern.

eedharbin 11 years ago

I think this is commonly called the Christmas fern.

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Saint Shrike

Alabama, USA

Spotted on Oct 4, 2010
Submitted on Feb 27, 2011

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