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Acrostichum aureum L.
Golden leather fern

Acrostichum aureum
Copyright by: Sally Channon, August 2015
In habitat, Juno Dunes Natural Area
Palm Beach County, Florida, USA; Enlarge

Family: Pteridaceae

Group: Pteridophyte

Substrate: Terrestrial

Habit: Herb

Perennation: Perennial

Native Range: Peninsular Florida, the West Indies, Mexico, Central America, South America and the Old World.

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NatureServe Global Status: Secure

State of Florida Status: Threatened

Florida Natural Areas Inventory State Status: Rare

IRC SOUTH FLORIDA Status: Rare

SOUTH FLORIDA Occurrence: Present

SOUTH FLORIDA Native Status: Native

SOUTH FLORIDA Cultivated Status: Cultivated

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Acrostichum aureum has been found in the following 34 conservation areas :
Occurrence Native Status
Big Cypress National Preserve Present Native
Biscayne National Park Present Native
Black Point Park and Marina Present Native
Bocilla Preserve Present Native
Caloosahatchee Creeks Preserve Assumed to be Present Native
Cayo Costa State Park Present Native
Chapman Field Park Present Native
Collier-Seminole State Park Present Native
Crandon Park Present Native
Crocodile Lake National Wildlife Refuge Present Native
Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammocks Botanical State Park Present Native
Deering Estate at Cutler Present Native
Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park Present Native
Everglades National Park Present Native
Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park Present Native
Frog Pond/L-31 N Transition Lands Present Native
Greynolds Park Present Native
Homestead Bayfront Park Present Native
Hugh Taylor Birch State Park Present Native
John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park Possibly Extirpated Possibly Extirpated
John U. Lloyd Beach State Park Possibly Extirpated Possibly Extirpated
Juno Dunes Natural Area Present Native
Koreshan State Historic Site Present Native
Lemon Bay Aquatic Preserve Present Native
Long Key State Park Reported
Mangrove Preserve Present Native
Matheson Hammock Park Present Native
National Key Deer Refuge Present Native
Ocean Ridge Hammock Park Present Native
R. Hardy Matheson Preserve Present Native
Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve Present Native
South Dade Wetlands Present Native
Southern Glades Present Native
Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Park Reported

Acrostichum aureum has been found in the following 8 counties :
Occurrence Native Status
Broward County Native
Charlotte County Native
Collier County Native
Lee County Native
Martin County Native
Miami-Dade County Native
Monroe County (Keys) Native
Monroe County (Mainland) Native

Acrostichum aureum has been found in the following 4 habitats :
Freshwater Tidal Swamp
Sinkhole
Tidal Marsh
Tidal Swamp

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Acrostichum aureum
Copyright by: Sally Channon, August 2015
In habitat, Juno Dunes Natural Area
Palm Beach County, Florida, USA; Enlarge
Acrostichum aureum
Copyright by: Keith Bradley
Acrostichum aureum
Copyright by: Keith Bradley
Acrostichum aureum
Copyright by: Shirley Denton