|Pteridophyte|| Literature for Angiopteris evecta
Common name(s): giant fern, mule's-foot fern
|Distribution||Native to Malaysia and Polynesia and the Old World Tropics.In the Hawaiian Islands, naturalized on Kaua`i, O`ahu, Moloka`i, Lana`i, Maui, Hawai`i.|
|Habitat||Moist shaded valleys and moist ridges|
||Terrestrial, huge; caudices massive, ascending, short, to 50+ cm diameter, marked with "mule's-foot" scars at old stipe attachments.
||Fronds up to 7 x 3 m; stipe with scattered, light tan fibrils to dark brown, linear-triangular scales on lower portion, glabrous distally, 2 large fleshy appendages (stipules) at the swollen base of each stipe; pinnae 6-15 pairs, up to 150 cm long, bases of stalks with pulvini; pinnules up to 25 cm long, dark green, leathery, lustrous; veins free, 0- to 1-forked, parallel, with "false vein" between each vein.
||Latin evectus, spread, carry aloft, in reference to the huge, spreading fronds.