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Ctenitis sloanei/Florida Tree Fern questions

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Ubuntwo

Has anyone seen Ctenitis sloanei, in the wild, in a nursery, or otherwise? If you have pictures would be great. Seems like an interesting Florida native plant, growing up to six feet tall with fronds just as long.

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Ubuntwo
7 hours ago, Missi said:

Neat! Do want more info!! I see I ignorantly missed an opportunity to get one :rant: https://www.fairchildgarden.org/spring-sale-2016

I know it's found in Fern Forest in Broward, moist hammocks in the Everglades and Miami, and the Fakahatchee, very rarely in all of these locations. It's also apparently in FTBG in plot 112, going to check it out next time I visit. Here's some pics I found online:

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Marie Nock

I grow these in our nursery, Ree Gardens.   If you'd like to be on our emial list to know when we're open please PM your email to me.  We're located in Miami.

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Eric in Orlando

I have never seen this fern either.

Another Florida native that can have a tree fern look is the common Royal Fern, Osmunda regalis var. spectabilis. Here is one I came across hiking in Spring Hammock Preserve north of Orlando near Longwood.

 

 

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DavidLee

I have three of them in pots. I got mine from Fairchild Tropical Botanical Gardens. They usually sale them at their plant sales. Be careful there is a lot of other ferns that look like them. I will post some photos to help you identify them better. In the past, I bought a invasive fern that was  sold to me as a Florida Tree Fern.

 

 

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DavidLee

The key is to look at the new emerging frond. It bends over and looks like a paper clip as shown in the photo.

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edbrown_III

yeah I grow em too --- I got the plants from FTG in 1982 --- I have a bunch of em out in my lil rainforest --- some have spored and set plantlets up against tree trunks 

 

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