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    06 / 21 / 2021

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    Scott K


Resubmitting at request of Laura735 with closeup of (very small) sporangia, also a mostly-unfurled fiddlehead. For scale, entire pinna shown in sporangia pic is 3.5' wide. A patch of his lovely fern was found in the woods behind my house, but I can't identify it from the Native Ferns of Georgia book. It grows 3-4' tall & is lacy & delicate.


  • laura735 Master Identifier says:

    You are welcome! Thank you for coming back and sharing the frond’s scent, also the wonderful time of ” I grew up playing in hay barns…: :)!

    July 27th, 2021 at 12:37am

  • Scott K Apprentice says:

    I believe you may be right, Laura735. I read that the hay scent comes from drying leaves, and I had a dried leaf on hand from the close-up photo I’d posted. Smells like hay to me.

    July 12th, 2021 at 4:36pm

  • Scott K Apprentice says:

    Thank you so much Laura 735. I haven’t noticed a scent but I’m heading out for a sniff! Appreciate the resources in case my nose doesn’t provide an answer. I grew up playing in hay barns…

    July 12th, 2021 at 3:13pm

  • laura735 Master Identifier says:

    Thank you for these follow up photos Scott K! With the green yellow, lacy triangular frond, its height & sori appear similar to the hayscented fern (Dennstaedtia punctilobula) (?) I could still be wrong since not having this fern in person. Perhaps these included links below can help you further. If this isn’t a match, I suggest you try the Connecticut Botanical Society for a confirm ID. Yearly membership is $15-20.00.
    Copy & paste the link below for D. punctilobula. Best wishes Scott K!

    July 1st, 2021 at 4:44am

  • laura735 Master Identifier says:

    Link to Connecticutt Botanical Society.

    July 1st, 2021 at 4:56am

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