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Sword Fern

Nephrolepis exaltata


These next few spottings are all on the same Sabal palmetto, which I thought was neat. This is sword fern, also known as Boston fern, growing epiphytically on the tree itself. It's a very popular ornamental plant and I often joke with my friends when the huge Boston ferns come out for sale when Spring starts. Sword fern/Boston fern in its natural habitat loves humid and tropical forests and swamps which probably explains why it has such a poor track record as a houseplant for most of my friends. It can grow terrestrially and epiphytically and often does so on Sabal palmettos here in Florida.


Native to humid forests and swamps in tropical areas of the world. Such as the Southeastern US, the Caribbean, and Hawaii.

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Cocoa Beach, Florida, United States

Spotted on Oct 7, 2020
Submitted on Oct 7, 2020

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