ostrich fern

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ostrich fern (sˑ·trich fern′),

n Latin name:
Matteuccia struthiopteris; part used: leaves; uses: relieves back pain, quickens expulsion of the afterbirth; precautions: contains carcinogens or thiaminase; can cause serious gastrointestinal toxicity. Also called
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Preliminary observations on the development of buds on the rhizomes of the ostrich fern (Matteuccia struthiopteris Tod.
Ostrich fern ranges from Newfoundland to Alaska and British Colombia, south to northern California, the Midwest, and the Southern Appalachians.
Ostrich fern is easy to gather in great quantities and for that reason has long been a popular green to store up for the winter by canning, a tradition that I still carry on.
Interrupted fern Osmundea claytonia is abundant in wooded areas across much of the range of ostrich fern and likes partial shade on rich, moist to mucky soil.
The spores of lady fern are borne on the underside of the frond rather than on a separate one like those of ostrich fern are.
Lady fern fiddleheads are much thinner than those of ostrich fern and are also a lighter green.