Observed by: C. Gattuso, M. Murphy, J. Klein, B. Lavender, A. Williams, D. Greenberger
Fern at strawberry hill
Common name: Bracken Fern
Boyle Park, Little Rock, Pulaski County, Arkansas
Bracken Fern is a vascular spore plant. When it produces spores it does so in sori on the underside of its leaves. Young stems, as the one in the photo, form as fiddle heads before uncurling.
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.