Fern, New York

Thelypteris noveboracensis
A medium size, twice-cut yellow-green fern that is not evergreen. The 3-4” stalk is slightly hairy and the up to 18” leaves are 3 or more to a tuft. The leaf shape is distinctive, being widest at the middle and tapering to a sharp point at the top and gradually narrowing to the base. The 2-3” leaflets are never opposite and are cut into round-ended sub-leaflets. Three or 4 whitish, horseshoe-shaped fruit dots are along each margin of the sub-leaflet. Prefers sunny areas in woods with acid soil.