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Floristic Inventory of the Florida Keys Database Online

Nephrolepis biserrata (Sw.) Schott
Giant sword fern

Nephrolepis biserrata
Copyright by: George D. Gann
In habitat, Miami-Dade County, Florida

Family: Nephrolepidaceae

Group: Pteridophyte

Substrate: Terrestrial

Habit: Herb

Perennation: Perennial

Native Range: Southeastern United States (Louisiana, Florida), the West Indies, Mexico, Central America, South America and the Old World.

State of Florida Status: Threatened

IRC SOUTH FLORIDA Status: Rare

Map of select IRC data for peninsular Florida

SOUTH FLORIDA Occurrence: Present

SOUTH FLORIDA Native Status: Native

SOUTH FLORIDA Cultivated Status: Cultivated

Comments: Visit our Natives For Your Neighborhood website for more information and images. Reported by John Kunkel Small in 1918 for Royal Palm Hammock.

FLORIDA KEYS Occurrence: Recorded as Present in Error

Map of select IRC data for the Florida Keys

Florida Keys History and Distribution: Not reported for the Florida Keys by John Kunkel Small in 1931. Reported only for Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammocks Botanical State Park (Achor 1982 in Weiner 1980 as amended). A misidentification of N. exaltata, N. falcata or N. multiflora.

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Nephrolepis biserrata has been reported from the following conservation area in the FLORIDA KEYS :
Occurrence Native Status
Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammocks Botanical State Park Recorded as Present in Error






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Nephrolepis biserrata
Copyright by: George D. Gann
In habitat, Miami-Dade County, Florida

Nephrolepis biserrata
Copyright by: Mike Rosenthal
In habitat in Broward County, Florida

Nephrolepis biserrata
Copyright by: George D. Gann
In habitat, Miami-Dade County