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Shoestring fern
Vittaria lineata
Pteridaceae


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.
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.


 


George D. Gann
in habitat, Palm Beach County, Florida, 2012
Shirley Denton
Shirley Denton
Shirley Denton