Wild Florida Photo - Cheiroglossa palmata

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Cheiroglossa palmata

HAND FERN

DWARF STAGHORN

HAND ADDER'S TONGUE FERN

Synonym: Ophioglossum palmatum

Florida native

Endangered Florida species

 

In Florida HAND FERNS are almost always found in the humus at the leaf bases (frond boots) of sabal palms. The range of this once common small fern extends from the central peninsula south into the Everglades. It is now rare due to overcollecting and extensive drainage of natural wetlands from development and water diversion projects.

 
Cheiroglossa palmata is a member of the Ophiolossaceae - Adder's-tongue family.