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New York Fern
Thelypteris noveboracensis

This fern can be confused with Hayscented fern, however Hayscented fern has a triangle-shaped frond that is broadest at the base, as compared to New York Fern that is tapered at the base.

“New York Fern has a tendency to form large, dense colonies that can reduce the diversity of woodland herbs and inhibit the establishment of woody plants.”

It is very pretty though!

Size:  1'-2' tall about 6" wide
Family: Thelypteridaceae (Marsh Fern Family)
Habitat: Rich moist forests, and along streams, especially in acidic cove forests, red oak and hickory forests. 
Identification: "Tapered almost equally at the tip and the base from a slender, creeping rootstalk. Spore clusters small, circular, near margin of lobes on undersides of leaves." From Wildflowers & Plant Communities.
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