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Lady Fern
Latin name: Athyrium filix-femina

The Lady Fern is a large, feathery fern widely cultivated for ornamentation. The leaves are about 30 inches long and 10 inches wide. They grow in circular clusters. Characteristic of the genus are curved or horseshoe-shaped spore-producing clusters that are covered by a fringed, membranous protective structure. Lady Ferns occur in moist, semi-shaded areas.

Lady Ferns are plentiful in the Clinch Mountain area, particularly along the banks of rivers and streams.

Encyclopaedia Britannica

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