Florida tree fern, Red-hair comb fern
Ctenitis sloanei
Dryopteridaceae


Landscape Uses:

Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations.

Ecological Restoration Notes:

Availability:
Grown by enthusiasts.
Description:
Medium to large herbaceous fern.
Height:
About 3-4 feet feet tall. Fronds spreading and becoming as broad as tall.
Growth Rate:
Moderate.
Range:
Miami-Dade, Broward and Collier counties; disjunct in central Florida in Manatee and Polk counties; West Indies, Mexico, Central America and South America. In Miami-Dade County, known only from hammocks south of the Miami River. In Broward County, know only from Fern Forest Nature Center.
Habitats:
Humid forests.
Soils:
Moist, well-drained limestone soils, with humusy top layer.
Nutritional Requirements:
High; requires rich organic soils for optimal growth.
Salt Water Tolerance:
Low; does not tolerate flooding by salt or brackish water.
Salt Wind Tolerance:
Low; salt wind may burn the leaves.
Drought Tolerance:
Low; requires moist to wet soils and is intolerant of long periods of drought.
Light Requirements:
Light shade to moderate shade.
Flower Color:
N/A.
Flower Characteristics:
There are no flowers; the plants reproduce by spores.
Flowering Season:
All year.
Fruit:
Inconspicuous spores.
Wildlife and Ecology:
Horticultural Notes:
Can be grown from spores.
Comments:
It is listed as endangered by the state of Florida.


Keith A. Bradley
George D. Gann
Shirley Denton
Shirley Denton
Shirley Denton
Keith A. Bradley
Keith A. Bradley