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Ovate maiden fern
Thelypteris ovata
Thelypteridaceae


General Landscape Uses:

Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations.
Availability:
Grown by enthusiasts.
Description:
Large herbaceous fern.
Dimensions:
About 3-4 feet in height. Spreading and forming patches broader than tall.
Growth Rate:
Moderate.
Range:
Southeastern United States south to Pasco, Lake and Seminole counties (disjunct in Miami-Dade and Broward counties); Bahamas. In Broward County, known only from Fern Forest Nature Center.
Habitats:
Moist forests.
Soils:
Wet to moist limestone or sandy soils, with humusy top layer.
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.
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 with difficulty, and division.


 


Mike Rosenthal, February 2011
In habitat, Lee County, Florida, USA;
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Mike Rosenthal, February 2011
In habitat, Lee County, Florida, USA;
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Mike Rosenthal, February 2011
In habitat, Lee County, Florida, USA;
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