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Table Fern Pteris

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TARE-iss
Description

Pteris is a genus of 300 species of ferns that are native to tropical and subtropical regions.  It is often grown as a houseplant. It is terrestrial and rhizomous and has an erect to creeping habit. This plant is seen in subtropics and tropics and is a common member to be cultivared.

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  • Pinnae with elongated narrow segments
  • Sori marginal covered by inrolled margin
  • Fronds often variegated above

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Tags:
#houseplant#green#interiorscape#fern#deer resistant#fantz#non-toxic for horses#non-toxic for dogs#non-toxic for cats#tropical feel
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Pteris
    Family:
    Pteridaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Europe, Tropical Asia, Africa, South America, North America
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Fern
    Houseplant
    Habit/Form:
    Creeping
    Erect
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Description:
    No fruits. This plants reproduces via spores.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Description:
    No flowers.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Type:
    Compound (Pinnately , Bipinnately, Palmately)
    Fronds
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Leaves/fronds are pinnately compound to decompound, are often variegated in cultivation, and the basal pinnae are often forked. Pinnae is elongated, linear to elliptic lanceolate, green marginally and often variegated towards the medial area, entire, and folded inward.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Houseplants
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer