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Broad Beech Fern (Phegopteris hexagonoptera) Growing near a seasonal stream in a dense mixed hardwood/coniferous forest in NW Georgia (Gordon County), US. Broad beech fern,Geotagged,Phegopteris hexagonoptera,Spring,United States,fern,ferns,phegopteris Click/tap to enlarge Species introCountry intro

Broad Beech Fern (Phegopteris hexagonoptera)

Growing near a seasonal stream in a dense mixed hardwood/coniferous forest in NW Georgia (Gordon County), US.

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  1. Any tips on how to identify ferns? They all look so similar to me, I don't know where to start. Posted 5 days ago
    1. I'm still new to them as well, but I'm absolutely fascinated by them.

      As for my methods of learning, I usually start out just getting my hands dirty in the field and end up latching on to some pattern/texture for future recognition. Once you start noting the subtleties of shapes and structures, it gets a little easier. I also have a field guide/key to vascular plants for my area.
      Posted 4 days ago

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''Phegopteris hexagonoptera'', commonly called the broad beech fern, is a common forest fern in the eastern United States and adjacent Ontario. It grows from a creeping rootstock, sending up individual fronds that more or less clump.

The fronds are broadly triangular. The specific name ''hexagonoptera'' refers to the winging of leaf tissue along the rachis between the basal pinnae.

Sori are small, round and naked. This aspect of the plant has caused it in the past to be placed,.. more

Similar species: Polypodiales
Species identified by Lisa Kimmerling
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By Lisa Kimmerling

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Uploaded May 16, 2018. Captured Apr 21, 2018 09:54 in 233 Hopewell Dr, Ranger, GA 30734, USA.
  • Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XTi
  • f/5.6
  • 1/250s
  • ISO400
  • 60mm