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Shoestring fern
Vittaria lineata
Pteridaceae
 

Copyright by: George D. Gann, 2012
In habitat, Palm Beach County, Florida

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

Availability: Grown by enthusiasts.

Description: Epiphytic herbaceous fern. Leaves dark green.

Dimensions: Pendent, with fronds 6-18 inches long or more.

Growth Rate: Moderate.

Range: Monroe County Keys north to southern Georgia; West Indies, Mexico, Central America and South America. In the Monroe County Keys, apparently limited to North Key Largo.

Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.

Habitats: Moist forests and swamps.

Soils: Epiphytic; almost always on Sabal palmetto in areas of high humidity.

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.


Copyright by: George D. Gann, 2012
In habitat, Palm Beach County, Florida

Copyright by: George D. Gann, 2018
In habitat, Ned Glenn Nature Preserve, Florida

Copyright by: Shirley Denton

Copyright by: Shirley Denton

Copyright by: Shirley Denton


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