Genus: Bracken

Pteridium

Photo/Illustration: 
C. Colston Burrell
Bracken (Pteridium)
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Dennstaedtiaceae
Pteridium  are large, coarse ferns with a wide distribution, found on all continents except Antarctica. They grow in virtually every habitat except for deserts. Bracken may form dense thickets and make good groundcovers. They are a known carcinogen.
Noteworthy characteristics:  Tough, triangular, deeply divided fronds. Toxic to livestock.

Species, varieties and clutivars for genus Pteridium

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Bracken
Pteridium aquilinum