Creeping star-hair fern
Thelypteris reptans var. reptans
Thelypteridaceae


Landscape Uses:

Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations.

Ecological Restoration Notes:

Availability:
Grown by enthusiasts.
Description:
Small herbaceous fern.
Height:
Fronds pendent, about 3-12 inches long. Spreads and forms small patches.
Growth Rate:
Moderate.
Range:
Miami-Dade, Broward and Collier Counties; disjunct in Hernando, Citrus, Marion, Alachua and Levy counties; West Indies, Mexico, Central America and South America. In Broward County, known only from Fern Forest Nature Center.
Habitats:
Rockland hammocks.
Soils:
Constantly moist limestone rock.
Nutritional Requirements:
Moderate; can grow in nutrient poor soils, but needs some organic content to thrive.
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 with difficulty, and division (plantlets are sometimes formed on the ends of fronds).
Comments:
It is listed as endangered by the state of Florida.


Keith A. Bradley
George D. Gann
Mike Rosenthal
In habitat, Miami-Dade County, Florida
Mike Rosenthal
In habitat, Miami-Dade County, Florida
Keith A. Bradley
Keith A. Bradley
Keith A. Bradley