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Least halbard fern
Tectaria fimbriata

Copyright by: Keith A. Bradley

General Landscape Uses: Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations.

Availability: Grown by enthusiasts.

Description: Herbaceous fern growing directly on limestone rock. Fronds 3-6 inches in length.

Dimensions: Fronds pendent. Spreads and forms small colonies.

Growth Rate: Slow.

Range: Miami-Dade County; West Indies and southern Mexico (Yucatan peninsula).

Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.

Habitats: Rockland hammocks.

Soils: Constantly moist limestone rock.

Nutritional Requirements: Moderate; can grow in nutrient poor soils, but needs some organic content to thrive.

Salt Water Tolerance: Low; does not tolerate flooding by salt or brackish water.

Salt Wind Tolerance: Low; salt wind may burn the leaves.

Drought Tolerance: Low; requires moist to wet soils and is intolerant of long periods of drought.

Light Requirements: Light shade to moderate shade.

Flower Color: N/A.

Flower Characteristics: There are no flowers; the plants reproduce by spores.

Flowering Season: All year.

Fruit: Inconspicuous spores.

Horticultural Notes: Can be grown with difficulty from spores.

Comments: It is listed as endangered by the state of Florida.

Copyright by: Keith A. Bradley

Copyright by: Keith A. Bradley

Copyright by: Mike Rosenthal
In habitat, Miami-Dade County, Florida

Copyright by: Don & Joyce Gann

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