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Comb polypody
Pecluma ptilodon var. bourgeauana
Polypodiaceae


General Landscape Uses:

Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations.
Availability:
Grown by enthusiasts.
Description:
Small herbaceous fern.
Dimensions:
About 9-12 inches in height. Creeping and forming small patches broader than tall.
Growth Rate:
Slow.
Range:
Monroe County Keys north to Duval, Marion and Citrus counties; West Indies and Central America. Very rare outside of Collier County. Presumed extirpated in Monroe, Miami-Dade and Martin counties; known from one location in Broward County and two locations in Palm Beach County.
Habitats:
Moist forests and swamps.
Soils:
Terrestrial in moist, well-drained humusy leaf litter, acid to neutral pH.
Nutritional Requirements:
Moderate; can grow on nutrient poor substrate, but needs some nutrient inputs 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 substrate and high humidity 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.
Horticultural Notes:
Can be grown from spores.
Comments:
It is listed as endangered by the state of Florida.


 


Keith A. Bradley
Keith A. Bradley
Mike Rosenthal
In habitat, Sumpter County, Florida
Bruce Holst
In habitat, South Florida, November, 2007