This is the 2nd photo for this question. Can you identify this fern? This...
This is the 2nd photo for this question. Can you identify this fern? This fall (2014) a very stiff center growth is unfurling. Several of these are growing among what I thought were all ostrich ferns but this center growth is something I have never seen with ostrich ferns. I will send two pics. They are from different ferns but the center growth is the same just a slightly different stage.
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These are ostrich ferns and what you are seeing are specialized fronds which willl produce reproductive spores. It will turn brown for the winter, but probably stay rigid and upright.