Pima County, Arizona, US
Found on the sidewalk leading to the longhouse garden. It feels great to stroll through the garden on a sunny day and see how all the plants have transitioned from the summer season to the fall. The fern is large, mature and about three feet tall. It's leaves have a great stiff texture, a nice dark green color, and are about eight inches wide at its widest point.
photo of abundant ferns found in shade along trail near Bucks Lake, Emigrant Wilderness
Pteridium aquilinum (bracken, brake or common bracken), also known as "eagle fern," is a species of fern occurring in temperate and subtropical regions in both hemispheres. The extreme lightness of its spores has led to its global distribution.