Spring Break 2023: Vittaria lineata

Vittaria lineata, the Shoestring fern;
Miami-Dade county, Florida (14 March 2023).
Spring Break 2023

An epiphytic species, the Shoestring fern benignly grows (and dangles) from larger host plant life. It draws its nutrients and water directly from the air and can provide extra habitat coverage for small animal life such as insects. Though shoestring ferns aren’t limited to South Florida, they can be particularly abundant down there.

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