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Floristic Inventory of the Florida Keys Database Online

Vittaria lineata (L.) Sm.
Shoestring fern

Vittaria lineata
Copyright by: George D. Gann, 2012
In habitat, Palm Beach County, Florida

Family: Pteridaceae

Group: Pteridophyte

Substrate: Epiphyte

Habit: Herb

Perennation: Perennial

Native Range: Southeastern United States (Florida, Georgia), the West Indies, Mexico, Central America and 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. 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 (34470 SWF).

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Vittaria lineata has been reported from the following 2 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




Vittaria lineata has been reported for the following 2 habitats in THE FLORIDA KEYS :
Freshwater Tidal Swamp
Rockland Hammock


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Vittaria lineata
Copyright by: George D. Gann, 2012
In habitat, Palm Beach County, Florida

Vittaria lineata
Copyright by: George D. Gann, 2018
In habitat, Ned Glenn Nature Preserve, Florida

Vittaria lineata
Copyright by: Shirley Denton

Vittaria lineata
Copyright by: Shirley Denton

Vittaria lineata
Copyright by: Shirley Denton