Unknown massive Fern!

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Date Photo Taken: 6/6/2011
Location: Atlanta, GA
Posted By: CJaynes


I posted this fern a few months ago and received one response that it was possibly a Bracken Fern. After some further research I am not totally sure since most Bracken Ferns tend to be 3-forked and this fern grows single stems that reach well over 3 feet long. It’s just such a large fern I would really like to know exactly what it is. It may very well be a Bracken Fern but are there different varieties of Bracken Ferns?

This is possibly a wild fern as it was growing naturally along the edge of my house. I live in SW Atlanta and have only seen this fern growing in my yard and a park a few blocks away. I Thought that I would repost with new pictures now that the fern is fully grown. Any ideas?



  1. caroline Unregistered says:

    Could be a Mariana Maiden fern (Thelypteris toresiana).

    June 12th, 2011 at 7:19 pm
  2. Craig Unregistered says:


    Thank you! It think you hit the nail right on the head. I’ve been searching for weeks to figure out what this fern could be and I agree with you, looks like a Thelypteris torresiana. It really is the most beautiful fern in my yard.

    Thanks again for taking the time to let me know!


    June 13th, 2011 at 4:14 pm

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