Plant ID forum: Need Help with Fern Grove ID.

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Utah (Zone 7a)
Oct 21, 2016 6:36 PM CST
Ferns are not native to my specific location so I know these ferns were planted here awhile ago.

I have a small grove of about 11 ferns. I purchased an Ostrich Fern yesterday and today I compared the foilage of the Ostrich Fern I purchased with my established Fern grove. It looks very very very similar. Can someone please I.D. the species of Fern growing in my grove?

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Front and back of a mature leaf.

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Front and back of a young leaf.

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Is this a grove of Ostrich Ferns?
Utah (Zone 7a)
Oct 21, 2016 10:49 PM CST
How to identify ....
Utah (Zone 7a)
Oct 21, 2016 11:56 PM CST
How to identify Ostrich Ferns..
Utah (Zone 7a)
Oct 22, 2016 12:20 AM CST
More pictures of the ferns in my Fern grove. This is the shape of the leaf,

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Papery brown chaff at the base. But new fronds are round.

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Last year dried fronds appear to have the U shape at the base. I see no single brown frond sticking straight up today.

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Utah (Zone 7a)
Oct 22, 2016 12:39 AM CST

More about Fern identity and fiddle heads.
Utah (Zone 7a)
Oct 22, 2016 8:53 AM CST
These ferns have a light U shape but only up where the frond laces out.

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The stem near the ground seems more roundish but not perfectly round and it's got brown papery chaff hairy stuff at the base.

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I rubbed the chaff off this bottom picture.
Utah (Zone 7a)
Oct 22, 2016 8:56 AM CST
Here is a look at the aged crown that grows up above the soil.

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Utah (Zone 7a)
Oct 22, 2016 9:17 AM CST
The leaves branching from the main stem are slightly staggered just barely not branching off directly across from each other
Utah (Zone 7a)
Oct 22, 2016 10:30 AM CST
This one seems to have some sort of budding growing out of one of the leaf sockets.

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