[Ferns West of the Crest of the Cascade Mountains of Oregon and Washington]

Western Brackenfern, Bracken Fern, Northern Bracken Fern

Pteridium aquilinum var. pubescens

(Synonym: Pteridium aquilinum var. lanuginosum)

Western Brackenfern, Bracken Fern, Northern Bracken Fern: Pteridium aquilinum var. pubescens

The photo above shows the triangular shape of the bracken fern seen along the Island Springs Trail #66 to the east of Little Mt. Adams..................August 25, 2005. The fronds are bi- to tri-pinnately compound. This species spreads underground by rhizomes.

Western Brackenfern, Bracken Fern, Northern Bracken Fern: Pteridium aquilinum var. pubescens

Western bracken fern as seen along the Canyon Mountain Trail #218 near upper Little Pine Creek, Strawberry Mountain Wilderness.................August 19, 2011.

Paul Slichter