|Northern lady fern, athyrium angustum|
|Marsh fern, parathelypteris palustris|
|Bracken fern, pteridium aquilinum|
|Bracken fern shoot|
|Developing bracken fern|
|Mature bracken fern|
|Ferny foliage of milk-parsley, peucedanum palustre|
A plant can be 'ferny' without being a fern, as are many members of the carrot family like this milk-parsley, which makes flowers and seeds.
Sweet ferns, comptonia peregrina, are often found side by side with bracken ferns on the moors of Halibut Point. The peregrinations (travels from one place to another) of their underground stems through dry scrubby areas earned the peregrina nomenclature.
|Sweet fern catkins, the male 'flowers' in spring|
Sweet ferns are shrubs with woody stems that flower with catkins like alders, birch trees, willows and oaks.
|Sweet fern, with 'ferny' foliage but in the flowering kingdom|
Other than the feathery shape of their leaves sweet ferns have little in common with true ferns.
|Royal fern, osmunda regalis|
In waterside locations you may happen on the tall distinctively tailored royal fern.
|Royal fern, foliage detail|
Its delicate texture comes from the tissue-thin smooth-edged subdivided leaflets (twice pinnate) that give most ferns a toothy appearance.
|Ostrich fern fiddleheads|
Equally statuesque ostrich ferns rise like enormous shuttlecocks from shoots resembling cello heads more than fiddleheads.
|Ostrich fern, matteuccia struthiopteris|
|Cinnamon fern, matteuccia struthiopteris|
Cinnamon ferns colonize vigorously in summer greens and fall brocades.
|Cinnamon fern in the fall|
All comers are welcome to notice the decorative ornamentation of ferns at Halibut Point as wild flowers come and go.
The botanically inquisitive may also locate these species in the Park:
Dennstaedtia punctilobula - hayscented fern
Onoclea sensibilis - sensitive fern
Parathelypteris novaborecensis - New York fern
Parathelypteris simulata - Massachusetts fern