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Thelypteris palustris Schott 

eastern marsh fern

Thelypteris palustris
Thelypteris palustris
Photo by Renee Brecht USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / USDA NRCS. Wetland flora: Field office illustrated guide to plant species. USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Botanical name: Thelypteris palustris Schott
Common name: eastern marsh fern
Group: fern
Family: Thelypteridaceae
Growth Type: forb/herb
Duration: perennial
Origin: native
Plant height: 18-24"
Foliage: Spores found on undersides of fronds near the midvein. Stip is smooth and pale green, but black at the base
Spores: Spores late June to mid October
Habitat: wet, usually subacid lightly shaded soils of marshes and swamps; low open woods, shaded edges
Range in New Jersey: statewide, decreasing in the pines
Heritage ranking if any: n/a
Misc.: Thelypteris, Greek "thelus" = female; "pteris" = fern
palustris, Latin, marshy, swampy
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