Fernkloof Nature Reserve
Scientific name - Pteridium aquilinum
Common name - Bracken
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Habitat Common on exposed mountain slopes, particularly after fires.
Altitude Found at all altitudes
Description Common, found growing in sun or shade. Usually dies down in winter. Fast growing and can be invasive in disturbed areas, forming dense thickets.
Fronds many, soft when young, but hard when mature, 800mm long x 450mm wide. Sori are linear.
From Greek: pteris meaning 'wing' - fronds resembling a bird's wing.
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