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Microlepia speluncae

Microlepia speluncae (L.) T. Moore

Limpleaf Fern, Palai Nui

Dennstaedtiaceae (Bracken Fern family)


USDA Symbol: MISP2

USDA Native Status: HI (I)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb , Fern
Size Notes: Fronds up to about 4 feet long, occasionally up to near 10 feet long.


Native Habitat: Mesic to wet forests.

National Wetland Indicator Status

Status: FACU
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.


Bibref 1815 - Hawai'i's Ferns and Fern Allies (2003) Palmer, Daniel D.

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Web Reference

Webref 31 - Native Plants Hawai’i (2018) University of Hawaii

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2020-10-30
Research By: CBR

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