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Pteridium arachnoideum (Kaulf.) Maxon

Bracken fern, bracken

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
ClassFilicopsida“Leptosporangiate” (has to do with how their spores form) ferns—includes most ferns
OrderPolypodialesPolypod ferns
FamilyDennstaedtiaceaeAfter August William Dennstedt (1776-1826), German physician and botanist, burgomaster of Magdala, director of the Belvedere garden near Weimar, and author of a work entitled Hortus Belvedereanus, a compilation of some 1500 plants. I have no information as to why the family name is spelled differently than his name
GenusPteridiumA diminutive of Pteris, a fern genus
SpeciesarachnoideumResembling a spider

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Pteridium arachnoideum (bracken fern, bracken)

The ferns are all aligned in the same direction. This wasn’t the direction of sunlight, but it is probably the average direction of the most light. · 6/18/2016 · Pearl Hill State Park, Ashby, Mass­a­chu­setts

Pteridium arachnoideum (bracken fern, bracken)

6/17/2005 · Pepperell, Mass­a­chu­setts

Pteridium aquilinum (L.) Kuhn var. arachnoideum (Kaulf.) Brade


Pteridium arachnoideum description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 26 Sep 2023.

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