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Monilophytes (ferns): Leptosporangiate Ferns (true ferns): Polypodiales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (4/24/22):
Nephrolepis cordifolia var. cordifolia   FAMILY Nephrolepidaceae   NEW! Click to go to FSUS key


INCLUDED WITHIN PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Nephrolepis cordifolia   FAMILY Dryopteridaceae

INCLUDED WITHIN Flora of North America
Nephrolepis cordifolia

INCLUDED WITHIN Ferns of the Southeastern States (Small, 1938)
Nephrolepis cordifolia

 

COMMON NAME:
Narrow Sword Fern, Tuber Sword Fern, Fishbone Fern, Ladder Fern


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image of Nephrolepis cordifolia var. cordifolia, Narrow Sword Fern, Tuber Sword Fern, Fishbone Fern, Ladder Fern

Keith Bradley    kab_n_cordifolia_74063

May    Miami-Dade County    FL

Pinnae attached 5-12mm apart, auricled at base on the side toward the leaf tip, per Weakley's Flora.

image of Nephrolepis cordifolia var. cordifolia, Narrow Sword Fern, Tuber Sword Fern, Fishbone Fern, Ladder Fern

Keith Bradley    kab_n_cordifolia_74074

May    Miami-Dade County    FL

Bicolored scales on rachis upper surface (pale but distinctly darker at base), per Weakley's Flora.

image of Nephrolepis cordifolia var. cordifolia, Narrow Sword Fern, Tuber Sword Fern, Fishbone Fern, Ladder Fern

Keith Bradley    kab_n_cordifolia_74085

May    Miami-Dade County    FL

Sori numerous at ends of veinlets between leaflet midvein and margin, per Identification and Biology of Non-native Plants in Florida's Natural Areas.

 

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (4/24/22):
Nephrolepis cordifolia var. cordifolia   FAMILY Nephrolepidaceae

INCLUDED WITHIN PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Nephrolepis cordifolia   FAMILY Dryopteridaceae

INCLUDED WITHIN Flora of North America
Nephrolepis cordifolia

INCLUDED WITHIN Ferns of the Southeastern States (Small, 1938)
Nephrolepis cordifolia

 

Find by SCIENTIFIC NAME:

3995

Fern/Fern ally
Perennial

Non-native

Rare

Habitat: swamps and hammocks, disturbed moist and wet areas; probably not native in FL (or other states of the Southeastern US), per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
1-pinnate

RHIZOMES? STOLONS?
Rhizomes suberect; numerous wiry scaly stolons often with underground tubers

FRUIT:
Winter/Spring/Summer/Fall

 

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