Plant ID forum: What type of fern

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Virginia (Zone 7a)
Rez
Mar 26, 2017 5:16 AM CST
It's pretty big so I'm thinking of moving it to the pot you see next to it. I hope the pot is not too big.

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Name: Mike
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Calsurf73
Mar 26, 2017 8:51 AM CST
It's one of the Nephrolepis ferns.
Here we just call it Western Sword Fern.
It will fill up the new pot very quickly, so go for it !
Name: Lin
Florida Zone 9b, 10a

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plantladylin
Mar 26, 2017 8:52 AM CST
It looks like the Southern Sword Fern (Nephrolepis cordifolia) to me. They are quite invasive down here in Florida. They have little round, ball-like water storing tuber thingies and they spread underground like crazy. This photo shows the roots and tubers:
http://www.plantsystematics.or...
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Virginia (Zone 7a)
Rez
Mar 26, 2017 9:56 AM CST
Hurray! Green Grin!
Virginia (Zone 7a)
Rez
Mar 26, 2017 10:15 AM CST
What are these things growing from the bottom of the rootball? They have furry heads. Can I use them to propagate it?
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Name: Mike
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Calsurf73
Mar 26, 2017 11:34 AM CST
Click on the link that plantladylin provided and you'll see what they are.
Those are runners that creep along the soil, develop roots, and eventually sprout new fronds.
There has to be soil for them to anchor themselves to. They're the mechanism by which the plant spreads.
Name: Lin
Florida Zone 9b, 10a

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plantladylin
Mar 26, 2017 1:38 PM CST
The furry brown things are rhizomes that grow horizontally below the soil surface; they put out little shoots and roots at intervals along the length.
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