Cinnamon Fern

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The Osmundastrum cinnamomeum fern forms huge clonal colonies in swampy areas. These ferns form massive rootstocks with densely matted, wiry roots. This root mass is an excellent substrate for many epiphital plants. They are often harvested as osmunda finer and used horticulturally, especially in propagating and growing orchids.  Cinnamon Ferns do not actually produce cinnamon; they are named for the color of the fertile fronds..

The Cinnamon Fern is considered a living fossil because it has been identified in the geologic record as far back as 75 million years ago.  A more recent discovery extends this value up to 180 million years ago.