New York ferns (Thelypteris noveboracensis) are one of the smallest ferns. They are only 18 inches in height. The frond of New York fern is tapered at both ends. Notice how the leaflets are very tiny at the bottom, get wider in the middle, then are smaller at the top.
New York ferns grow in small clusters. They prefer a sunny spot in the woods or edges of moist meadows.
Our guest blogger, Julianne Mehegan, is a wonderful friend of MABA, a birder and a naturalist.