Genus: Matteuccia — fiddlehead fern
This fern genus is represented by only one species in New England. Its fertile and sterile leaves are quite different; sterile leaves are once-divided, while fertile leaves are hardened, brown when mature, and have sori hidden beneath rolled-under leaflet margins. Reference: Johnson (1993).
This genus’s species in New England
Visit this genus in the Dichotomous Key