Bracken Fern | Cartwheel Bay (S.C.)

Pteridium aquilinum 
• True terrestrial fern
• Forms thickets in full sun
• Grows to 3 feet tall
• 3 triangular fronds originate from single place
• Long subterranean rhizomes spread quickly
• Abundant in burned-over areas
• Habitats include dry open fields and shady, moist woodlands
• Toxic, should not be eaten

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