Eastern Hayscented Fern
These fronds were just starting to leaf out and were growing all throughout a mixed forest. The abundance of this fern growing in a forest will restrict the potential for tree seedlings to grow.
The common name "hayscented fern" comes from the fact that crushing it produces the aroma of fresh hay.
''Dennstaedtia punctilobula'', the eastern hayscented fern or hay-scented fern, is a species of fern native to eastern North America, from Newfoundland west to Wisconsin and Arkansas, and south in the Appalachian Mountains to northern Alabama; it is most abundant in the east of its range, with only scattered populations in the west.
It is a deciduous fern with fronds growing to 40–100 cm tall and 10–30 cm broad; the fronds are bipinnate, with pinnatifid pinnules about three times.. more