Plant ID forum: What type of fern is this?

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kittiejavitz
Jul 31, 2017 7:55 PM CST
This appeared one leaf at a time in my screened pool area in a pot of red clover I've had for years. I put it in a pot of its own and 7 inch leaves developed in a month! Any clue what type of fern? Resembles a Kangaroo Paw. Deltona, Fl.
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Jul 31, 2017 10:38 PM CST
It reminds me of a baby Bear Paw Fern (Polypodium). If it is, the adult leaves will be 3 or 4 feet long and the pot will get buried in big fuzzy roots.
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kittiejavitz
Aug 1, 2017 4:58 AM CST
kittiejavitz said:This appeared one leaf at a time in my screened pool area in a pot of red clover I've had for years. I put it in a pot of its own and 7 inch leaves developed in a month! Any clue what type of fern? Resembles a Kangaroo Paw. Deltona, Fl.
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Name: Dave Paul
Puna, HI (Zone 10b)
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Metrosideros
Aug 1, 2017 5:42 PM CST
Looks like Microsorum scolopendria, Wart Fern.

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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Aug 1, 2017 6:03 PM CST
The leaves don't seem right for Wart Fern.
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Florida
kittiejavitz
Aug 1, 2017 6:44 PM CST
[quote="Metrosideros"]Looks like Microsorum scolopendria, Wart Fern.

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It's very difficult to tell the difference between the wart and the kangaroo ferns from what I can see so far.
Florida
kittiejavitz
Aug 1, 2017 6:46 PM CST
DaisyI said:The leaves don't seem right for Wart Fern.


I'm still thinking it may look closest to the kangaroo fern? Leaves are multiplying on single stems, but staying uniform in size. Shrug!
Name: Dave Paul
Puna, HI (Zone 10b)
Live in a rainforest, get wet feet.
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Metrosideros
Aug 2, 2017 7:07 PM CST
Microsorum diversifolium is very similar. Key characters show species. Do you have photos of a mature plant?
Name: Dave Paul
Puna, HI (Zone 10b)
Live in a rainforest, get wet feet.
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Metrosideros
Aug 2, 2017 7:09 PM CST
Polypodium, lumping term of the past.
Florida
kittiejavitz
Aug 2, 2017 7:25 PM CST
Metrosideros said:Microsorum diversifolium is very similar. Key characters show species. Do you have photos of a mature plant?


No, I don't. Thank you.
Name: Lin
Florida Zone 9b, 10a

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plantladylin
Aug 2, 2017 8:02 PM CST
Reminds me of the Florida native Cabbage Palm Fern (Phlebodium aureum)
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