Family: Osmundaceae (Royal fern family)
Height: 0.5 - 1.8 m (1.5 - 6 ft)
Osmunda regalis spectabilis (Willd.) A. Gray
Leaves: two different leaves are exhibited on the royal fern; fertile leaves which are erect, light green and differentiate at the top by having reduced tannish-brown pinnae, whereas the sterile leaves look like the lower part of the fertile leaves with winged stalks and bipinnately compound leaf blades.
SOURCES & FURTHER RESOURCES:
Etymology: The name Osmunda is thought to come from the Saxon name for the Celtic god, Osmunder, or better known as "Thor". Regalis means royal in Latin and the variation, spectabilis, means "remarkable" in Latin.
all photos by Nathanael Pilla
Landscape: A large and luxurious fern that demands attention in your landscape. It needs wet soil and is found many times in swamps and marshes.