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Nephrolepis exaltata (L.) Schott
Wild Boston fern

Nephrolepis exaltata
Copyright by: George D. Gann
In habitat, Everglades National Park, Florida

Family: Nephrolepidaceae

Group: Pteridophyte

Substrate: Terrestrial

Habit: Herb

Perennation: Perennial

Native Range: Southern United States, the West Indies, Mexico and Central America; perhaps escaped from cultivated in South America.

IRC SOUTH FLORIDA Status: Secure

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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: Present

FLORIDA KEYS Native Status: Native

IRC FLORIDA KEYS Status: Critically Imperiled

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Florida Keys History and Distribution: Not reported for the Florida Keys by John Kunkel Small in 1931. First reported in 1970 by George Avery for Pumpkin Key in the upper Florida Keys, and subsequently in other locations from the upper Keys to the lower Keys. We consider this native and extant in the upper Keys and lower Keys. An herbarium voucher for the Monroe County Keys was recently collected by George Wilder and colleagues at Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammock Botanical State Park (34468 SWF).

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Nephrolepis exaltata has been reported from the following 3 conservation areas in the FLORIDA KEYS :
Occurrence Native Status
Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammocks Botanical State Park Present Native
National Key Deer Refuge Possibly Extirpated Possibly Extirpated
Wahoo Hammocks, Florida Keys Wildlife and Environmental Area Present Native




Nephrolepis exaltata has been reported for the following 4 habitats in THE FLORIDA KEYS :
Coastal Berm
Freshwater Tidal Swamp
Pine Rockland
Rockland Hammock


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Nephrolepis exaltata
Copyright by: George D. Gann
In habitat, Everglades National Park, Florida

Nephrolepis exaltata
Copyright by: Keith A. Bradley

Nephrolepis exaltata
Copyright by: George D. Gann

Nephrolepis exaltata
Copyright by: George D. Gann

Nephrolepis exaltata
Copyright by: George D. Gann

Nephrolepis exaltata
Copyright by: Susan Trammell