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Comptonia peregrinaAuthor(s): Paula M. Pijut
Source: In: Francis, John K., ed. Wildland shrubs of the United States and its territories. Thamnic. Vol. 1. Gen. Tech. Rep. IITF-26. Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, International Institute of Tropical Forestry: 237-239.
Publication Series: Other
Station: Northern Research Station
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DescriptionSweet fern is a densely branched, deciduous, rhizomatous shrub that grows 0.5 to 1.5 m tall and 1.2 to 2.5 m wide or more (Dirr 1998, Gleason and Cronquist 1991). Sweet fern is a dioecious or seldom monoecious (Gleason and Cronquist 1991), actinorhizal nitrogen-fixing shrub (Del Tredici 1996, Ziegler and Huser 1963) with fern-like leaves and stems that are aromatic when crushed. Leaves are alternate, oblong-linear, deeply pinnately lobed, stipulate, dark green, pubescent, 5 to 12 cm long, 1 to 1.5 cm wide, with petioles 0.3 to 0.6 cm long (Dirr 1998, Gleason and Cronquist 1991, Hall and others 1976).
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CitationPijut, Paula M. 2004. Comptonia peregrina. In: Francis, John K., ed. Wildland shrubs of the United States and its territories. Thamnic. Vol. 1. Gen. Tech. Rep. IITF-26. Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, International Institute of Tropical Forestry: 237-239.
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