Derivation of specific name
Regularity: Regularly occurring
Global Range: Indigenous to Hawaii, but first described from Crete (Valier 1995).
Comments: Terrestrial, in dry or wet forests up to 915m (Valier 1995).
Molecular Biology and Genetics
Barcode data: Pteris cretica
Statistics of barcoding coverage: Pteris cretica
Public Records: 3
Specimens with Barcodes: 13
Species With Barcodes: 1
National NatureServe Conservation Status
Rounded National Status Rank: NNA - Not Applicable
Pteris cretica is cultivated widely by plant nurseries. It is used in gardens in the ground and as a potted plant, and as a houseplant. The variety with variegated foliage, Pteris cretica var. albolineata, is also widely used, brightening shade gardens.
Both types thrive year round outdoors in subtropical climates, such as California. With a minimum temperature of 2 °C (36 °F), both require protection from frost, though the species is hardier and can be grown outdoors during the summer months in cold climates.
- RHS A-Z encyclopedia of garden plants. United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. 2008. p. 1136. ISBN 1405332964.
- "Missour Botanical Garden - Pteris cretica". Retrieved 27 June 2013.
- "RHS Plant Selector - Pteris cretica". Retrieved 27 June 2013.
- "RHS Plant Selector - Pteris cretica var. albolineata". Retrieved 27 June 2013.
Young leaves of young plants of Pteris multifida may key to P . cretica because only the terminal pinnae may be decurrent on the rachis as in P . cretica . Juveniles of P . multifida can be separated by proximal pinnae with long-attenuate apices and thinner-textured leaves than P . cretica . Juveniles of P . cretica have proximal pinnae with acute to blunt or nearly rounded apices and thicker-textured leaves.
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