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Comb polypody
Pecluma ptilodon var. bourgeauana

Copyright by: Keith A. Bradley

General Landscape Uses: Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations.

Availability: Grown by enthusiasts.

Description: Small herbaceous fern.

Dimensions: About 9-12 inches in height. Creeping and forming small patches broader than tall.

Growth Rate: Slow.

Range: Monroe County Keys north to Duval, Marion and Citrus counties; West Indies and Central America. Very rare outside of Collier County. Presumed extirpated in Monroe, Miami-Dade and Martin counties; known from one location in Broward County and two locations in Palm Beach County.

Plant Map Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.

Habitats: Moist forests and swamps.

Soils: Terrestrial in moist, well-drained humusy leaf litter, acid to neutral pH.

Nutritional Requirements: Moderate; can grow on nutrient poor substrate, but needs some nutrient inputs to thrive.

Salt Water Tolerance: Low; does not tolerate flooding by salt or brackish water.

Salt Wind Tolerance: Low; salt wind may burn the leaves.

Drought Tolerance: Low; requires moist substrate and high humidity and is intolerant of long periods of drought.

Light Requirements: Light shade to moderate shade.

Flower Color: N/A.

Flower Characteristics: There are no flowers; the plants reproduce by spores.

Flowering Season: All year.

Fruit: Inconspicuous spores.

Horticultural Notes: Can be grown from spores.

Comments: It is listed as endangered by the state of Florida.

Copyright by: Keith A. Bradley

Copyright by: Keith A. Bradley

Copyright by: Mike Rosenthal
In habitat, Sumpter County, Florida

Copyright by: Bruce Holst
In habitat, South Florida, November, 2007

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