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Acrostichum aureum L.
Golden leather fern

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.

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

FISF Comments: Visit our Natives For Your Neighborhood website for more information and images.

FLORIDA KEYS Occurrence: Present

FLORIDA KEYS Native Status: Native

IRC FLORIDA KEYS Status: Critically Imperiled

Florida Keys History and Distribution: Reported in 1931 by John Kunkel Small for low hammocks in the Florida Keys, including large stands in limestone sinkholes on North Key Largo. We consider this native and extant in the upper Keys and lower Keys.

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

Other data on Acrostichum aureum available from :
Atlas of Florida Vascular Plants
Acrostichum aureum has been reported from the following 7 conservation areas in the FLORIDA KEYS :
Occurrence Native Status
Biscayne National Park, Florida Keys Section Present Native
Crocodile Lake National Wildlife Refuge Present Native
Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammocks Botanical State Park Present Native
John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park Possibly Extirpated Possibly Extirpated
Long Key State Park Reported
National Key Deer Refuge Present Native
Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Park Reported




Acrostichum aureum has been reported for the following 4 habitats in THE FLORIDA KEYS :
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