Pteris pacifica Hieron.

Comb Bracken

Fronds divided twice, lowermost branch with further branch near the base; stalk yellowish, darker at the base. Blade ovate in outline. Segments with veins free, mostly forked once. Sori not extending to tip or base of the segments.

Needs shelter and warmth.

Qld, Malesia, Pacific Is.

Fronds divided twice with lowermost branch having additional branch on lower side near the base; veins forking but free.


Pteris hendersonii, supposedly from China, is possibly a horticultural form; it is very similar but is divided three times at the base with not one but several additional branches, mostly on the lower side of the branches in the lower region of the frond.

Source: Spencer, R. (1995). Pteridaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 1, Ferns, conifers & their allies. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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Distribution map
kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Polypodiopsida
order     Polypodiales
family      Pteridaceae
genus       Pteris L.