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Thelypteris tetragona (Freetip maiden fern)
Cressler, Alan

Thelypteris tetragona

Thelypteris tetragona (Sw.) Small

Freetip Maiden Fern, Freetip Starhair Fern

Thelypteridaceae (Marsh Fern Family)

Synonym(s): Dryopteris subtetragona, Goniopteris tetragona

USDA Symbol: THTE5

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


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb , Fern
Leaf Complexity: Pinnate
Leaf Margin: Pinnatifid
Size Notes: To about 30 inches in height.


Native Distribution: West-central Florida, Mexico, Central America, South America and the West Indies.

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Medium
Soil Moisture: Moist
Conditions Comments: Moist soils in woodlands.

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2017-07-07
Research By: JAM

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