Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


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Fern/Fern ally
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common

Look for it in bogs, peatlands, pocosins, wet savannas, floodplains, blackwater stream swamps & other wetlands, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun partial shade shade ...Wet ...Moist

LEAVES:
Deciduous
Pinnate-pinnatifid
Leaves erect in a dense crown

FRUIT:
Spring

 

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Monilophytes (ferns): Leptosporangiate Ferns (true ferns): Osmundales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Osmundastrum cinnamomeum   FAMILY Osmundaceae

GREATER THAN PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Osmunda cinnamomea var. cinnamomea   FAMILY Osmundaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 007-01-001:
Osmunda cinnamomea   FAMILY Osmundaceae

GREATER THAN PLANTS National Database
Osmunda cinnamomea var. glandulosa

 

COMMON NAME:
Cinnamon Fern


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Emily B. Sessa    ebsocinnamomea_8596

April        

Fiddleheads' silvery-white hairs turn cinnamon-brown as frond expand, per Peterson Field Guide to Ferns of Northeastern and Central North America.

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Jim Fanning    jcf_cinnamonfern

April    Pickens County    SC

SC Botanical Garden

Sterile fronds 20-60" long or more, mostly erect or arching, per Peterson Field Guide to Ferns of Northeastern and Central North America.

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Emily B. Sessa    ebsocinnamomea_9342

May        

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Emily B. Sessa    ebsocinnamomea_9359

May        

Fiddleheads large and densely covered with silvery-white hairs, per Peterson Field Guide to Ferns of Northeastern and Central North America.

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Emily B. Sessa    ebsocinnamomea_9371

May        

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Emily B. Sessa    ebsocinnamomea_9379

May        

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Emily B. Sessa    ebsocinnamomea_9445

May        

Rachis smooth, green; semi-grooved in front, per Peterson Field Guide to Ferns of Northeastern and Central North America.

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Emily B. Sessa    ebsocinnamomea_9452

May        

Only Cinnamon Fern has tan tufts of wool at pinnae bases ("hairy armpits"), per Peterson Field Guide to Ferns of Northeastern and Central North America.


click here to see other plants that look similar to this COMPARE armpits of Cinnamon and Interrupted Fern

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Emily B. Sessa    ebsocinnamomea_9455

May        

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JK Marlow    jkm0305r_12

May    Haywood County    NC

Corneille Bryan Native Garden

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JK Marlow    jkm0405t_30

May    Transylvania County    NC

DuPont State Forest

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JK Marlow    jkm0505k_36

May    Haywood County    NC

Corneille Bryan Native Garden

Fertile leaves brown, narrower & shorter than the sterile, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

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JK Marlow    jkm100515_041

May    Henderson County    NC

Pisgah National Forest: Pisgah Ranger District

Cinnamon Fern on the left, Royal Fern on the right

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JK Marlow    jkm100515_053

May    Henderson County    NC

Pisgah National Forest: Pisgah Ranger District

Stipe covered with cinnamon wool at first, later smooth and green, per Peterson Field Guide to Ferns of Northeastern and Central North America.

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JK Marlow    jkm100515_079

May    Henderson County    NC

Pisgah National Forest: Pisgah Ranger District

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JK Marlow    jkm100515_090

May    Henderson County    NC

Pisgah National Forest: Pisgah Ranger District

Fertile fronds bright green at first, soon turning cinnamon-brown, per Peterson Field Guide to Ferns of Northeastern and Central North America.

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_o_cinnamomeum

May        

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Tim Spira    tpsocinnamomea

May        

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Tim Spira    tpsocinnamomea_fiddlehd

May        

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Emily B. Sessa    ebsocinnamomea_0563

June        

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JK Marlow    jkm090610_028

June    Transylvania County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

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JK Marlow    jkm100606_135

June    Greenville County    SC

Chandler Heritage Preserve

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JK Marlow    jkm100606_137

June    Greenville County    SC

Chandler Heritage Preserve

Tufts of white to light brown hairs at base of pinna, per Peterson Field Guide to Ferns of Northeastern and Central North America.

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JK Marlow    jkm0507f_22

July    Pocahontas County    WV

Cranberry Glades Botanical Area

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JK Marlow    jkm0507g_29

July    Pocahontas County    WV

Cranberry Glades Botanical Area

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JK Marlow    jkm0509a_32b

September    Transylvania County    NC

DuPont State Forest

Leaflets deeply lobed (pinnate-pinnatifid); lobes rounded &slightly pointed, per Ferns of the Smokies.


click here to see other plants that look similar to this COMPARE pinnae of Cinnamon and Interrupted Fern