One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A large North American fern whose fertile fronds are cinnamon-colored in spring.
Osmunda cinnamomea, family Osmundaceae
- ‘Near the streams is an abundance of lady fern, netted chain fern, royal fern, cinnamon fern, and New York fern, often growing beneath a layer of mountain laurel.’
- ‘Visitors can discover six-foot-tall cinnamon ferns.’
- ‘Where the woods border the Housatonic River appear colonies of large cinnamon fern, ostrich fern, and royal fern, along with the somewhat smaller sensitive fern.’
- ‘Beneath the woody plants grow netted chain fern, cinnamon fern, sensitive fern, and various sedges and rushes.’
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