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Microgramma heterophylla (Linnaeus) Wherry
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Microgramma heterophylla, blade
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Microgramma heterophylla, blade

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Microgramma heterophylla, entire
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Microgramma heterophylla, fertileleaf
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Microgramma heterophylla, rhizome
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Microgramma heterophylla, rhizome
Microgramma heterophylla, sori
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Microgramma heterophylla, sori
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Microgramma heterophylla (L.) Wherry
clinging snakefern

General Information
Symbol: MIHE2
Group: Fern
Family: Polypodiaceae
Duration: Perennial
Growth Habit : Forb/herb
Native Status : L48   N
PR   N
VI   N
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Symbol Scientific Name
POHE10 Polypodium heterophyllum L.


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Kingdom Plantae – Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Division Pteridophyta – Ferns
Class Filicopsida
Order Polypodiales
Family Polypodiaceae – Polypody family
Genus Microgramma C. Presl – snakefern
Species Microgramma heterophylla (L.) Wherry – clinging snakefern

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Florida climbing vine fern Endangered

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1. Microgramma heterophylla (Linnaeus) Wherry, Amer. Fern J. 54: 145. 1964.

Climbing vine fern

Polypodium heterophyllum Linnaeus, Sp. Pl. 2: 1083. 1753

Stems appressed to substrate, 0.5--1.2 mm diam.; scales reddish to dark brown, linear-triangular. Leaves irregularly spaced. Petiole to ca. 2 cm. Blade 4--15 × ca. 1 cm, margins entire to undulate and ± shallowly crenulate, glabrous. Veins forming 1 series of linear polygonal costal areoles without free included veinlets, medial row of larger rectangular to polygonal areoles (usually with 1--2, simple or forked, free included veinlets), and a series of short, casually anastomosing marginal veinlets. Sori terminal on included veinlets; indument of few paraphyses longer than sporangia.

Epiphytic on relatively smooth-barked trees, or growing on logs and rock, in tropical hammocks; substrate circumneutral to acidic; 0 m; Fla.; West Indies.

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