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Pteridium aquilinum var. latiusculum (Western brackenfern)
Smith, R.W.

Pteridium aquilinum var. latiusculum

Pteridium aquilinum (L.) Kuhn var. latiusculum (Desv.) Underw. ex A. Heller

Western Brackenfern

Dennstaedtiaceae (Bracken Fern Family)

Synonym(s): Pteridium latiusculum


USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N), SPM (N)

Folklore and fable had many references to bracken. In the past it was used in mattresses to prevent rickets, in pillows for the relief of asthma, and in many old time medicines. First Nations People often wore it over their heads to discourage blackflies. (Ferns of Grey and Bruce Counties)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb , Fern

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Not Applicable
Bloom Notes: Not a flowering plant. Reproduces by spores.


USA: AL , AR , CO , CT , DC , DE , FL , GA , IA , IL , IN , KY , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MO , MS , NC , ND , NH , NJ , NY , OH , OK , PA , RI , SC , SD , TN , TX , VA , VT , WI , WV
Canada: NB , NS , ON , PE
Native Habitat: Woodland,Forest Edge

Growing Conditions

Soil Moisture: Dry , Moist
Soil Description: Sand

Additional resources

USDA: Find Pteridium aquilinum var. latiusculum in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Pteridium aquilinum var. latiusculum in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Pteridium aquilinum var. latiusculum


Record Modified: 2012-07-10
Research By: TWC Staff

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