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Sep 4, 2015 2:42 PM CST
Name: KadieD
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Please, could someone tell what kind of fern this is.
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Feb 1, 2016 4:49 AM CST
Name: Myriam Vandenberghe
Ghent, Belgium (Zone 8a)
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It looks very much like Pteris vittata to me..
Ladder Brake Fern (Pteris vittata)
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Feb 1, 2016 1:19 PM CST
Name: KadieD
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@bonitin
Thank you for i.d.! Smiling
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Feb 1, 2016 1:40 PM CST
Name: Myriam Vandenberghe
Ghent, Belgium (Zone 8a)
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You're very welcome Rainbow! I tip my hat to you.
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Feb 1, 2016 1:45 PM CST
Name: Elaine
Sarasota, Fl
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I thank you also, Myriam! I've been hoping to ID this fern that spontaneously planted itself beside my little pond for a while. That long terminal leaflet on the frond is very distinctive on the Ladder Brake fern, isn't it?
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Feb 1, 2016 4:33 PM CST
Name: Myriam Vandenberghe
Ghent, Belgium (Zone 8a)
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dyzzypyxxy said:That long terminal leaflet on the frond is very distinctive on the Ladder Brake fern, isn't it?
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yes, it is Elaine!

I only discovered today we have a fern forum! That's great, I have always loved ferns, they have something mysterious about them..
I recognized Rainbow's fern ( which is also yours according to your picture) because I had met them in Brazil on one of my trips to there.

I have a bunch of Brazilian Atlantic Forest ferns I still have to find an ID for... difficult job and very time consuming..

I have been thinking that it would be good to have a basic picture key just to recognize the different families according to the patterns of the sori on the back of the fronds..
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Feb 1, 2016 4:42 PM CST
Name: KadieD
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bonitin said:
I have a bunch of Brazilian Atlantic Forest ferns I still have to find an ID for... difficult job and very time consuming..

I have been thinking that it would be good to have a basic picture key just to recognize the different families according to the patterns of the sori on the back of the fronds..

That would be nice. I have different kinds of ferns that grow sporadically around here. They do propagate from spores, right? Big Grin
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Feb 6, 2016 5:41 PM CST
Name: Lin Vosbury
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)

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@dyzzypyxxy Elaine, there are apparently a few Pteris (Brake Ferns) found in Florida: http://www.florida.plantatlas.... but P. vittata seems widespread and is listed as a Category II invasive in Florida: http://florida.plantatlas.usf....

I think P. vittata might be the one growing behind my deck and also in a neighbors yard.
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Feb 6, 2016 8:14 PM CST
Name: Elaine
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Hm, much as I dislike the idea of growing an invasive fern, this one has only appeared in one spot in my garden, and is quite small and well-behaved. If I see it propagating itself elsewhere in the garden I'll sure pull it out, but I really kind of like it where it is, growing out of the stones on the fake waterfall of my pond.

I wonder if it doesn't like the high pH well water that the rest of the garden is irrigated with, in the dry seasons (if we ever get a dry season again . . . ) If that's the case, well it's not going anywhere from where it's situated right now.
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Feb 6, 2016 8:23 PM CST
Name: Lin Vosbury
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)

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I haven't had issues with it taking over here in the 4 years we've been in this house, it's actually stayed in the one spot behind our deck and they don't seem to spread at my neighbors house either. Confused Maybe ours is a different Pteris than the P. vittata which is said to be invasive here in Florida.
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Feb 6, 2016 8:37 PM CST
Name: Elaine
Sarasota, Fl
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Then again . . . we don't exactly know how far a fern's spores can travel, do we. Argghh. It's a compelling question! Do we keep it and take the chance or do we get rid of a pretty plant in a nice spot . .. ?
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