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Nephrolepis exaltata (Linnaeus) Schott
Boston swordfern

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FamilyScientific name @ source (records)
Aphelinidae  Coccophagus ochraceus @ UCRC_ENT (1)
Aphididae  Macrosiphum ( @ NCSU (1)
Coccidae  Saissetia coffeae @ CSCA_TCN (1)
Delphacidae  Ilburnia nephrolepidis @ UCR_ENT (7)
Diaspididae  Pinnaspis aspidistrae @ CSCA_TCN (1)
Encyrtidae  Metaphycus luteolus @ UCRC_ENT (1)
Glomerellaceae  Glomerella nephrolepis @ BPI (1)
Miridae  Witchelinamiris viridimaculatus @ AMNH_PBI (1)
Mycosphaerellaceae  Ramularia nephrolepis @ BPI (4)
Piesmatidae  Mcateella reidi @ AMNH_PBI (1)
Pseudococcidae  Pseudococcus longispinus @ CSCA_TCN (2)
_  Desmella superficialis @ BPI (1)

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Nephrolepis exaltata (L.) Schott
Boston swordfern

General Information
Symbol: NEEX
Group: Fern
Family: Dryopteridaceae
Duration: Perennial
Growth Habit : Forb/herb
Native Status : HI   N
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Kingdom Plantae – Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Division Pteridophyta – Ferns
Class Filicopsida
Order Polypodiales
Family Dryopteridaceae – Wood Fern family
Genus Nephrolepis Schott – swordfern
Species Nephrolepis exaltata (L.) Schott – Boston swordfern

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Nephrolepis exaltata ssp. hawaiiensis
Boston swordfern

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5. Nephrolepis exaltata (Linnaeus) Schott, Gen. Fil. plate 3. 1834.

Sword fern, wild Boston fern

Polypodium exaltatum Linnaeus, Syst. Nat. ed. 10, 2: 1326. 1759

Stem scales spreading, concolored. Tubers absent. Leaves 4--15 × 0.5--1.2 dm. Petiole 0.2--4 dm, sparsely to moderately scaly; scales spreading, pale brown to reddish brown, concolored. Blade glabrous, sparsely to moderately scaly abaxially near costae and adaxially. Rachis 2.4--16.3 dm, points of pinna attachment 7.3--21 mm apart; scales moderately spaced, pale to dark brown, essentially concolored or margin indistinctly paler; hairs absent. Central pinnae deltate-oblong, slightly to distinctly falcate, 2.3--7.4 × 0.6--1.8 cm, base truncate to truncate-auriculate or auriculate, occasionally overlapping rachis, acroscopic lobe deltate to acute, margins serrulate, apex acute to deltate; costae adaxially glabrous. Indusia reniform to horseshoe-shaped, attached at narrow or broad sinus, 1--1.7 mm wide.

Terrestrial or epiphytic in forested to open habitats, most often as an epiphyte; 0 m; Fla.; West Indies; Pacific Islands in scattered locations.

Nephrolepis exaltata is occasionally found farther north in the flora, but only as an escape from cultivation. Nephrolepis exaltata is usually confused with N . cordifolia when sterile; the latter species can be distinguished by its distinctly bicolored, adaxial rachis scales. These bicolored scales will distinguish N . cordifolia from all of the other species, even in the absence of other key features.

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