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Acrostichum aureum

Acrostichum aureum L.

Golden Leather Fern, Golden Leatherfern

Pteridaceae (Maidenhair Fern family)


USDA Symbol: ACAU3

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), HI (I), PR (N), VI (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb , Fern
Size Notes: Fronds up to about 10 feet long.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Not Applicable
Bloom Notes: Non-flowering, sporulating species. Sporulates year-round.


Native Habitat: Coastal mangrove swamps, salt marshes, low hammocks, along lake and canal margins.

National Wetland Indicator Status

Status: OBL OBL OBL*
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

Web Reference

Webref 3 - Flora of North America (2014) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Acrostichum aureum in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Acrostichum aureum in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Acrostichum aureum


Record Modified: 2020-12-03
Research By: CBR

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