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Bracken Fern (Pteridium)

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Bracken Fern Genus Details

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Bracken fern is a fern which is widely distributed throughout the U.S. They have fronds as wide as 3' and long, running rootstocks underground which can grow to 9' long. Bracken ferns mainly infest gravelly soils in the wild but sometimes are used ornamentally in rock gardens. Historically, young shoots have been used for making yellow-green dyes. Poisonous to animals, this fern has been cited as a potential hazard to humans, but further study is warranted.

Bracken Fern Allergy Info

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This genus is not commonly cited as a source of allergy.

Bracken Fern Pollen Description

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No pollen description is currently available.

Species in This Genus

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Allergenicity Legend:
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Bracken Fern (Pteridium) is a genus of the DENNSTAEDTIACEAE family.
This genus includes the following allergenic species:

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Bracken Fern Genus Location

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The shaded areas on the map indicates where the genus has been observed in the United States. Click the map to see a full scale version of these allergy areas.
  - Native, observed in a county
  - Introduced, observed in a county
  - Rarely observed

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