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Osmunda cinnamomea L.
cinnamon fern

General Information
Symbol: OSCI
Group: Fern
Family: Osmundaceae
Duration: Perennial
Growth Habit: Forb/herb
Native Status: CAN   N
L48   N
PR   N
Data Source and Documentation
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Native Status:
lower 48 status L48    Alaska status AK    Hawaii status HI    Puerto Rico status PR    Virgin Islands status VI    Navassa Island NAV    Canada status CAN    Greenland status GL    Saint Pierre and Michelon status SPM    North America NA   


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Robert H. Mohlenbrock. USDA SCS. 1991. Southern wetland flora: Field office guide to plant species. South National Technical Center, Fort Worth. Provided by USDA NRCS Wetland Science Institute (WSI). Usage Requirements.

©J.S. Peterson. USDA NRCS National Plant Data Center (NPDC). United States, CA, San Francisco, Golden Gate Park, Strybing Arboretum. October 1, 2002. Usage Requirements.

©Thomas G. Barnes. Barnes, T.G., and S.W. Francis. 2004. Wildflowers and ferns of Kentucky. University Press of Kentucky. Usage Requirements.

©Erica Asai. United States, FL, Columbia Co, Osceola National Forest. March 21, 2007. Usage Requirements.

©Richard A. Howard. Provided by Smithsonian Institution, Richard A. Howard Photograph Collection. United States, ME, Mount Desert Island. Usage Requirements.

Provided by National Agricultural Library. Originally from USDA Forest Service. United States, WV, Monongahela National Forest. Usage Requirements.

©Jim Stasz. United States, MD. Usage Requirements.

©Jim Stasz. Usage Requirements.

Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. An illustrated flora of the northern United States, Canada and the British Possessions. 3 vols. Charles Scribner's Sons, New York. Vol. 1: 7. Provided by Kentucky Native Plant Society. Scanned by Omnitek Inc. Usage Requirements.

USDA NRCS. Wetland flora: Field office illustrated guide to plant species. USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. Provided by NRCS National Wetland Team. Usage Requirements.



Symbol Scientific Name
OSCI2 Osmundastrum cinnamomeum (L.) C. Presl


Click on a scientific name below to expand it in the PLANTS Classification Report.
Rank Scientific Name and Common Name
Kingdom Plantae – Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Division Pteridophyta – Ferns
Class Filicopsida
Order Polypodiales
Family Osmundaceae – Royal Fern family
Genus Osmunda L. – osmunda
Species Osmunda cinnamomea L. – cinnamon fern

Subordinate Taxa

The Plants Database includes the following 2 subspecies of Osmunda cinnamomea. Click below on a thumbnail map or name for subspecies profiles.

Legal Status

Threatened and Endangered Information:
This plant is listed by the U.S. federal government or a state. Common names are from state and federal lists. Click on a place name to get a complete protected plant list for that location.
cinnamon fern
Commercially Exploited
cinnamon fern
New York
cinnamon fern
Exploitably Vulnerable

Wetland Status

Interpreting Wetland Status

Top Level Regions
Lower 48 States FACWOBL
North America FACWOBL


OSCI2  Osmundastrum cinnamomeum (L.) C. Presl

Top Level Regions
Caribbean OBL
North America
Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plain FACW
Eastern Mountains and Piedmont FACW
Great Plains FACW
Midwest FACW
Northcentral & Northeast FACW



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