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Plant Identification: Been looking to identify this plant for years…

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August 29, 2013
1:29 PM

Post #9645052

Hi guys,

I've received this plant many years ago as a tiny little thing, and over the years have managed to nurture into a rather good looking specimen. But I've never been able to find out what plant it is.

I'm really hoping someone here will be able to help me out!

Thanks a ton,

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Keaau, HI

August 29, 2013
1:36 PM

Post #9645056

Maybe Phlebodium aureum 'Mandaianum', Bear's Paw Fern.


Anne Arundel,, MD
(Zone 7b)

August 29, 2013
1:37 PM

Post #9645058

You've come to the right place.

I'm thinking something like Birds nest fern?? Not real familiar myself, always admired them from afar.

August 29, 2013
2:10 PM

Post #9645097

Hey guys,

I'm pretty excited about these responses! I looked into both. It does seem like it would be a fern, I'd been considering it was… though I'm afraid it doesn't seem (at first sight) that the suggestions for either bear paw or bird's nest fern are exactly correct.

I think bear paw's fern has a wider leaf, this guy here has rather narrow long leaves overall. And while the length seems to be more like the Birds nest fern, that suggested plant seems to be less dramatically wavy than what I have in the photo.

Might be good to mention that the leaves are quite sturdy too, definitely nothing you can easily bend. And wavy, very very wavy. :D

Also the root system is quite interesting. As you can see in the photo, the root is mostly above ground. It's quite an interesting plant to me :)

I've taken some more photos and added them, hopefully they can be of help!

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San Francisco, CA

August 29, 2013
3:00 PM

Post #9645115

looks like one of the cv.s of Microsorium; sold as "kangaroo paw fern".
Owosso, MI
(Zone 6a)

August 30, 2013
12:21 PM

Post #9645971

I was thinking Microsorum scolopendrium also. Looks exactly like the ones I have with the exception of the way the leaves curl.


Keaau, HI

August 30, 2013
12:53 PM

Post #9646003

Certainly looks like a Microsorium or Phlebodium or Phymatosorus, Hare's Foot Polypod.

The Phlebodium aureum 'Mandaianum' cultivar has curled fronds like the above plant.

Can you show more photos?

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