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Thelypteris dentata (Forrsk.) E.P. St. John
Downy maiden fern

Thelypteris dentata
Copyright by: Shirley Denton

Family: Thelypteridaceae

Group: Pteridophyte

Substrate: Terrestrial

Habit: Herb

Perennation: Perennial

Native Range: Old World; widely naturalized in the New World.

Map of Florida Locations

SOUTH FLORIDA Occurrence: Present

SOUTH FLORIDA Native Status: Not Native, Naturalized

SOUTH FLORIDA Cultivated Status: Not Cultivated

Other data on Thelypteris dentata available from :

Thelypteris dentata has been found in the following 29 conservation areas :
Occurrence Native Status
Big and Little George Hammocks Present Not Native, Naturalized
Big Cypress National Preserve Present Not Native, Naturalized
Bonair Beach Parcel, Martin County Present Not Native, Naturalized
Caloosahatchee Creeks Preserve Present Not Native, Naturalized
Caloosahatchee Regional Park Present Not Native, Naturalized
Camp Owaissa Bauer Present Not Native, Naturalized
Castellow Hammock Park Present Not Native, Naturalized
Corkscrew Regional Ecosystem Watershed (CREW) Present Not Native, Naturalized
Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary Present Not Native, Naturalized
Dupuis Reserve Present Not Native, Naturalized
Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park Present Not Native, Naturalized
Fern Forest Nature Center Present Not Native, Naturalized
Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge Present Not Native, Naturalized
Gomez Present Not Native, Naturalized
Halpatiokee Regional Park Present Not Native, Naturalized
Harden Hammock Present Not Native, Naturalized
Jonathan Dickinson State Park Present Not Native, Naturalized
LaBelle Nature Park Present Not Native, Naturalized
Loveland Hammock Present Not Native, Naturalized
Loxahatchee Slough Natural Area Present Not Native, Naturalized
Lucille Hammock Present Not Native, Naturalized
Matheson Hammock Park Present Not Native, Naturalized
Navy Wells Pineland #23 Present Not Native, Naturalized
Navy Wells Pineland Preserve Present Not Native, Naturalized
Prairie Pines Preserve Present Not Native, Naturalized
R. Hardy Matheson Preserve Present Not Native, Naturalized
Silver Palm Groves Present Not Native, Naturalized
Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve Present Not Native, Naturalized
Tall Cypress Natural Area Present Not Native, Naturalized

Thelypteris dentata has been found in the following 6 counties :
Occurrence Native Status
Broward County Not Native, Naturalized
Collier County Not Native, Naturalized
Lee County Not Native, Naturalized
Martin County Not Native, Naturalized
Miami-Dade County Not Native, Naturalized
Palm Beach County Not Native, Naturalized

Thelypteris dentata has been found in the following 6 habitats :
Disturbed Upland
Disturbed Wetland
Floodplain Forest
Mesic Hammock
Rockland Hammock
Strand Swamp

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Thelypteris dentata
Copyright by: Shirley Denton
Thelypteris dentata
Copyright by: Keith A. Bradley
Thelypteris dentata
Copyright by: Keith A. Bradley