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Least halbard fern
Tectaria fimbriata
Tectariaceae
 

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).

Plant Map Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.

 Map of ZIP codes with habitat recommendations north to Martin and Charlotte counties.

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. See also Florida Natural Areas Inventory's Field Guide to the Rare Plants of Florida page (Chafin 2000).


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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