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Creeping star-hair fern
Thelypteris reptans var. reptans
Thelypteridaceae
 

Copyright by: Mike Rosenthal
In habitat, Miami-Dade County, Florida

General Landscape Uses: Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations.

Availability: Grown by enthusiasts.

Description: Small herbaceous fern.

Dimensions: 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.

Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.

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.

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.


Copyright by: Mike Rosenthal
In habitat, Miami-Dade County, Florida

Copyright by: Keith A. Bradley

Copyright by: George D. Gann

Copyright by: Mike Rosenthal
In habitat, Miami-Dade County, Florida

Copyright by: Keith A. Bradley

Copyright by: Keith A. Bradley

Copyright by: Keith A. Bradley


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