Plant ID forum: Anyone know Ferns?

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Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
Region: United States of America Morning Glories Region: Florida Houseplants Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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plantladylin
Sep 19, 2014 7:03 PM CST
I took this photo last year at a local park, ferns growing on a palm tree ... I've searched and searched and can't find a match. Anyone recognize this one?


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Name: Dave Paul
Puna, HI (Zone 10b)
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Metrosideros
Sep 19, 2014 9:29 PM CST
Hi Lin!

Kinda looks like Phlebodium aureum, Hare's Foot Fern.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phlebodium_aureum

http://florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=3613

What do the sori look like?
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
Region: United States of America Morning Glories Region: Florida Houseplants Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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plantladylin
Sep 20, 2014 5:39 AM CST
Hi Dave!

I think you are right; I've seen this fern growing on Sabal Palms here in Florida, which is the palm it was growing on in the photo. I took that picture sometime last year and didn't get close enough to examine the fronds for sori but if I get a chance to get to that little park in the near future I will look. I'm 99.99% sure it is the Golden Polypody (P. aureum) which is a Fla. native.

Thanks so much for your help!

~ Lin

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