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Ostrich Fern?

Posted by greenlarry UK 8/9 (My Page) on
Sun, Jun 1, 08 at 7:47

I just picked up a new fern,the label says Matteuccia struthiopteris. height 80cm,semi shade to shade. Sound like Ostrich Fern? Its a bit droopy at the mo,will get a pic tomorrow when its picked up a bit. Its chucking it down today but hopefully I'll get chance to plant it out tomorrow.

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RE: Ostrich Fern?

Well since the botanical/scientific name for what we call Ostrich fern in the U.S. is Matteuccia struthiopteris, then I would say it is. However, there is a whole debate on the Trees forum right now about "common names" so perhaps it is best just to call it Matteuccia struthiopteris.

Good luck with it.

RE: Ostrich Fern?/

Thanks esh. I think I can allow Ostrich Fern for this species as its not misleading in any way.
BTW I notice there are 3 or 4 species in this genus,are the others also called Ostrich Fern or are they totally different?

RE: Ostrich Fern?

Just looking at the USDA plants database, I only see one in this genus. Are the others from Asia?

RE: Ostrich Fern?.

hmmm I'm not sure. I just googled ostrich fern and got took to a site that said that the genus contains 3 or 4 species


Here's a not very good pic of it

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