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Acrostichum danaeifolium

GIANT LEATHER FERN

INLAND LEATHER FERN

Florida native

 

A large fern of freshwater and brackish marshes, freshwater swamps and sinkholes in hammocks throughout most of peninsular Florida. Also found in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
Acrostichum danaeifolium can be distinguished from A. aureum, the other leather fern in Florida, by the overlapping upper pinnae, the stalks of the lower pinnae not exceeding about 2 cm and the fertile fronds having nearly all of the pinnae bearing sori.

 
Acrostichum danaeifolium is a member of the Pteridaceae - Maidenhair Fern family.
 

Native Florida Plants

  Robert G. Haehle; Joan Brookwell
 Low Maintenance Landscaping and Gardening

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Native Florida Plants
Native landscapes are easier to maintain, use less water and thrive without chemical pesticides and fertilizers. Native Florida Plants describes every type of regional flora—-from seaside foliage and wildflowers to grassy meadows, shrubs, vines, and aquatic gardens—-in 301 profiles and accompanying color photographs.


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