Ferns & Fern Allies

The Pine Barrens is not particularly rich in ferns, but it does have several prominent and beautiful species.

Ferns are vascular plants that reproduce by means of spores. (The so-called “fern-allies” share these characteristics, but are not closely related.) Fortunately, we have here several very different kinds of ferns, and the diversity provides a very worthwhile field of investigation.

Image of Ferns in the forest

Cinnamon Fern

Osmunda cinnamomea

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Climbing Fern

Lygodium palmatum

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Curly-grass Fern

Schizaea pusilla Pursh

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Northeastern Bracken

Pteridium aquilinum

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Royal Fern

Osmunda regalis

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Virginia Chain-fern

Woodwardia virginica

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Foxtail Clubmoss

Lycopodiella alopecuroides

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Slender Clubmoss

Lycopodiella caroliniana

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