Mountain Lines

 

by Nelson Haas

 

CINNAMON FERN – Osmundastrum cinnamomeum

A large fern of wet woodlands is in full “bloom” now. The fertile, spore-producing leaf stalks in the center of the plant are a rich, cinnamon-colored brown.

They grow from a dense, dark, wiry root ball called osmunda fiber which is used by horticulturists to grow orchids.

The young, emerging fiddleheads are covered with a cloak of white hairs  used by birds in nest building.

 

 

 

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