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Phlebodium aureum

Golden polypody
Gold foot fern
Hare foot fern

Florida native

Volusia Co. FL 07/20/21
Flagler Co. FL 11/20/21
Volusia Co. FL 07/20/21
Volusia Co. FL 07/20/21
Volusia Co. FL 07/20/21
Flagler Co. FL 11/20/21
Flagler Co. FL 11/20/21
Flagler Co. FL 11/20/21

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A frequent epiphytic fern of hammocks and swamps mostly in the peninsula of Florida. The range includes some of the southernmost counties of Georgia and Alabama.
Found primarily growing in the boots (old leaf bases) of cabbage palms but occasionally on the ground. The blades are glabrous, and may be pinnately divided or lobed and having a long terminal segment with a blunt tip. The stem can be up tp 1.5cm (2/3 in.) thick and covered with reddish brown to golden lanceolate scales, having the appearance of a rabbit's foot.

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Phlebodium aureum is a member of the Polypodiaceae - Polypody family.


Date record last modified: Nov 26, 2021


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