Plant ID forum: Any Fern officianado's out there?

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Name: Lin
Florida Zone 9b, 10a

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plantladylin
Apr 8, 2017 4:57 PM CST
I need help with identification, confirmation of the name of this plant that I recently purchased. It's a fern that had no label; an employee at the nursery called it a Heart Fern but did not know the botanical/scientific name. I've been searching for information on the internet but I'm just not certain if the plant I found is what I have.

This is the plant showing the top of the leaves:


Views of stem and leaf base with tiny, stiff hairs:
Thumb of 2017-04-08/plantladylin/1067a9 Thumb of 2017-04-08/plantladylin/e4dd80

Stems and reverse of leaves and a leaf covered in sori:


While browsing our database, I came across Golden Leather Fern (Acrostichum aureum) and the photo entry by Robert resembles my plant but I think it's at the wrong database location. They appear to be two entirely different ferns and I think skylark's photo is correct for Acrostichum aureum:


When googling I found reference to Paraheminiotis cordata which might be the fern I have (as well as the one in Robert Duval's picture) but I'm just not good at comparisons. The text descriptions sound like my plant and a few of the photos look like a match to me but I'm just not good at comparing photos so I thought I'd ask for help here.

This is the information and photos I found on line for Parahemionitis cordata:
http://rbg-web2.rbge.org.uk/th...
http://www.siamgreenculture.co...
http://www.efloras.org/florata...

So, what do y'all think? Any help is much appreciated!


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Name: Deborah
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Deebie
Apr 8, 2017 6:09 PM CST
I think that your assessment is correct, Lin. Nice fern specimen BTW. Thumbs up Thumbs up
Name: Lin
Florida Zone 9b, 10a

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plantladylin
Apr 9, 2017 6:59 AM CST
Thanks Deborah! I'm going to try my best to keep it alive ... I'm pretty sure I've had this same one in the past that went by the wayside due to neglect. This one I've put out in a shady spot in the atrium where I will notice it. Smiling
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Name: Deborah
midstate South Carolina (Zone 8a)
Don't Sweat the Small Stuff!
Charter ATP Member Amaryllis Region: United States of America Tropicals Seed Starter Plumerias
Plant and/or Seed Trader Peonies Lilies Irises Hummingbirder Echinacea
Deebie
Apr 9, 2017 11:50 AM CST
I tip my hat to you.
Name: Lin
Florida Zone 9b, 10a

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plantladylin
Apr 9, 2017 3:06 PM CST
I'm going to leave this thread open for a few more days in hopes that others will chime in with their thoughts on my little plant too.
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Name: Evan
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eclayne
Apr 9, 2017 4:06 PM CST

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Based on the description from the Flora of China you posted and the illustrations I agree your plant (and Rob's photo) are Parahemionitis cordata.

Skylark's photo matches the description and illustration of Acrostichum aureum in the flora.
sterile pinnae narrowly oblong,...
Fertile pinnae distal on frond, like sterile pinnae but slightly smaller.

http://www.efloras.org/florata...
Evan
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Name: Lin
Florida Zone 9b, 10a

Region: United States of America Deer Region: Florida Charter ATP Member Million Pollinator Garden Challenge I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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plantladylin
Apr 9, 2017 6:25 PM CST
@eclayne Evan, thanks so much for the confirmation; I'll move my photos over to the database entry for Parahemionitis cordata. Robert's photo should be moved to that entry too.
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