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Asplenium serratum L.
Bird’s-nest fern, Wild birdnest fern

Asplenium serratum
Copyright by: George D. Gann

Family: Aspleniaceae

Group: Pteridophyte

Substrate: Epiphyte

Habit: Herb

Perennation: Perennial

Native Range: Peninsular Florida, the West Indies, southern Mexico, Central America and South America.

Map of select IRC data for peninsular Florida

NatureServe Global Status: Apparently Secure

State of Florida Status: Endangered

Florida Natural Areas Inventory State Status: Critically Imperiled

IRC SOUTH FLORIDA Status: Critically Imperiled

SOUTH FLORIDA Occurrence: Present

SOUTH FLORIDA Native Status: Native

South Florida History and Distribution: A very rare epiphyte in South Florida, primarily growing in swamps. Ranked as imperiled in Rare Plants of South Florida (Gann et al. 2002), this has been reassessed as critically imperiled in 2019 using updated NatureServe methodology.

SOUTH FLORIDA Cultivated Status: Cultivated

Comments: See also Florida Natural Areas Inventory's Field Guide to the Rare Plants of Florida page (Chafin 2000). Visit our Natives For Your Neighborhood website for more information and images and click on the Atlas of Florida Vascular Plants link below for more images.

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Asplenium serratum has been found in the following 7 conservation areas :
Occurrence Native Status
Big Cypress National Preserve Present Native
Collier-Seminole State Park Present Native
Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary Possibly Extirpated Possibly Extirpated
Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park Present Native
Fern Forest Nature Center Present Native
Matheson Hammock Park Possibly Extirpated Possibly Extirpated
Picayune Strand State Forest Possibly Extirpated Possibly Extirpated

Asplenium serratum has been found in the following 4 counties :
Occurrence Native Status
Broward County Possibly Extirpated Possibly Extirpated
Collier County Native
Lee County Native
Miami-Dade County Native

Asplenium serratum has been found in the following 2 habitats :
Rockland Hammock
Strand Swamp

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Asplenium serratum
Copyright by: George D. Gann
Asplenium serratum
Copyright by: George D. Gann