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Pteridium aquilinum

Brackenfern habit; note large, triangular fronds.

A small patch of brackenfern.

  • It was once thought that if the spores of the brackenfern were gathered on St. John's Eve, it would make the possessor invisible.

  • In the 17th century, live brackenfern was set on fire in hopes of producing rain.

  • Brackenfern fiddleheads have been used as a food source; however, their consumption has been linked to various types of cancer in humans.