Trillium Ridge Flora and Fauna
Cinnamon ferns
Osmundastrum cinnamomeum
Location: North side & by front porch
This fern forms huge clonal colonies in swampy areas. These ferns form massive rootstocks with densely-matted, wiry roots. This root mass is an excellent substrate for many epiphytal plants. Recent research on this family has significantly changed our understanding of the relationships of its species. Recent research indicates O. cinnamomeum is actually the most anciently-derived species of the family Osmundaceae.
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Genus: Osmundastrum (cinnamon fern)
Family: Osmundaceae (flowering ferns)
Order: Osmundales (flowering ferns)
Class: Pteridopsida (Leptosporangiate ferns)
Phylum/Division: Pteridophyta (Ferns & Horsetails)
Kingdom: Plantae (Plants)