Tectaria incisa

incised halberd fern

Nonnative to FloridaFISC Category 1 Invasive

Species Overview

Origin: Mexico, West Indies, Central and South America

Introduction to Florida: 1929 (Ornamental)

Tectaria incisa is occasionally found growing in swamps and wet hammocks, as well as terrestrial or on limestone outcrops in Miami-Dade, Palm Beach, and Broward Counties. It is apparently a recent introduction from Tropical America (Wunderlin, 2003). This invasive fern can be mistaken for the rare Florida native, broad halberd fern.

Species Characteristics