Royal Fern


Royal Fern (Osmunda regalis)

Identification

The Royal Fern is part of the Royal Fern family (Osmundaceae). A massive fern (fronds exceed 120cm in height and 25cm in width), the royal fern is a close relative of the cinnamon fern and interrupted fern. The fronds are deciduous and are hairy when young and are slightly waxy. The stem (rhizome) is much bigger than most ferns and forms a trunk that is capable of branching. The frond does not look “fern-like” and turns a golden brown in the fall. The leaflets (pinnae) and sub-leaflets (pinnules) are widely spaced, with the leaflets grow in pairs of 6 or more. Fiddleheads can be found in the spring and are burgundy in colour.

Habitat

The royal fern does best in light shade and around wet, acidic swamps and bogs.

Propagation

The spores of the royal fern mature in early to mid-summer. It can also reproduce vegetatively through crown expansion.

Upcoming Events

Jul
13
Mon
9:00 pm Summer Camp: Nature Discovery Se...
Summer Camp: Nature Discovery Se...
Jul 13 @ 9:00 pm – Jul 17 @ 3:00 pm
Nature Discovery: Session One This camp will introduce the children to the woods, stream and native tree nursery that surround our Nature Center. The campers will delight in learning to use all their senses to
Jul
20
Mon
9:00 pm Summer Camp: Becoming a Naturali...
Summer Camp: Becoming a Naturali...
Jul 20 @ 9:00 pm – Jul 24 @ 3:00 pm
Becoming a Naturalist Session One This camp focuses on encountering and describing the natural world. Through the use of art and other hands-on outdoor activities, they’ll expand their understanding of life in the woodlands, waterways,
Jul
25
Sat
10:00 am Tracking the Mammals of PEI
Tracking the Mammals of PEI
Jul 25 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Come on out and learn about the native and introduced mammals found on PEI, as well as a brief look at some of the mammals we’ve lost. After a brief slideshow, we’ll head off to
Jul
27
Mon
9:00 pm Summer Camp: Bushcraft Ecology A...
Summer Camp: Bushcraft Ecology A...
Jul 27 @ 9:00 pm – Jul 31 @ 3:00 pm
Bushcraft Ecology Ages 12-14 These campers will delight in learning survival skills such as one-match fire making, shelter building, rope making with natural fibres, and tracking animals. Touching on plant and tree identification, campers will
Aug
3
Mon
9:00 pm Summer Camp: Young Ecologists Se...
Summer Camp: Young Ecologists Se...
Aug 3 @ 9:00 pm – Aug 7 @ 3:00 pm
Young Ecologists: Session Two This camp will begin to introduce the campers to the amazing complexity of our native Acadian forests. They will dissect owl pellets, take part in forest restoration planning and plantings and

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