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There are approximately 380 species of ferns in North America.
Most of them can be found on the national forests and grasslands.
Ferns are outstanding in their diversity,…
…from the great tree ferns of the El Yunque National Forest,…
…to the tiny Kruckeberg’s holly fern of the Tongass National Forest.
The diversity of plant forms, sizes, leaf (frond) shapes are amazing.
Their aesthetic appeal has captured those who know and love ferns.
Explore the Wonderful World of Ferns!
Usually people focus on the showy wildflowers and do not pay attention to the ferns. We will guide you through the wonderful diversity of ferns growing on America’s national forests and grasslands. Ferns are an outstanding part of the native flora. Once you start to look for them among the wildflowers you will discover what some of us have long known: ferns are fascinating and beautiful.