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Scientific Name: Nephrolepis exaltata 'Bostoniensis'
Pronunciation: nef-roh-LEP-iss eks-all-TAY-tuh
Common Name: Boston fern
Family Name: Nephrolepidaceae
Plant Type: Fern, Indoor foliage plant
Key ID Features: Fronds sword-shaped fronds, pinnae deltoid, and shallow toothed. Arching habit with weeping form.
Course(s): HORT 1193/1293

Habit: Arching, Upright
Form: Mounded, Weeping
Texture: Medium - fine
Mature Size:
Height:0.7 - 1.3m
Spread:1.5 - 2.0m
Origin: Africa, Caribbean Island, Central America, Mexico, South America, South Asia / India
Hardiness Rating: Zone 10: (-1 to 4 C)
Soil/ Growing Medium:
Water Use: High
Landscape Uses: Hanging basket, Indoor plant
Additional Info: Google
Boston fern
Leaf Morphology: Glossary
Form: Compound, Fern-like
Arrangement: Basal
Texture/ Venation: Soft flexible
Surfaces: Glabrous
Compound Leaf: Even-pinnate
Leaf(let) Terms:
Shapes: Linear
Apices: Acute
Bases: Oblique (uneven)
Margins: Serrate, Undulate (wavy)

Inflorescence Type: n/a
Flower Morphology:n/a
Colour (petals): No flowers
Flower Time at Peak:
Fruit Type: Sporangium (spores)
Fruit Colour: Brown
Fruiting Time:
Bark or Stem Colour:
Additional Info:no above ground stem
Organ Modifications: Rhizomes, Runners (or stolons), Twining stems

Propagation: Division - below ground parts, Tissue culture
Plant Care:
Optimal Temp.: Medium indoor temperature
Light Level:Low indoor light level
Pest Susceptibility: Mites, Root rot, Scale insects,
(GNH) GreeNHouse
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