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Genus: Matteuccia — fiddlehead fern

This fern genus is represented by only one species in New England. Its fertile and sterile leaves are quite different; sterile leaves are once-divided, while fertile leaves are hardened, brown when mature, and have sori hidden beneath rolled-under leaflet margins. Reference: Johnson (1993).


Onocleaceae (sensitive fern family)

This genus’s species in New England

Visit this genus in the Dichotomous Key