Flora of the Hawaiian Islands
Pteridophyte Literature for Phlebodium aureum
Palmer, 2003.
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      Phlebodium aureum

Common name(s): golden polypody, laua`e haole, rabbit's foot fern
General Information
DistributionHawaii. Phlebodium aureum is native to tropical regions of Florida, the West Indies, Mexico, Central America, and South America.In the Hawaiian Islands, naturalized on Kaua`i, O`ahu, Moloka`i, Lana`i, Maui, Hawai`i.

HabitatMesic forests
Elevation0-700 m
Plants medium-sized to large, epiphytic or terrestrial. Rhizome and stipe base scales forming a thick mat of long, fine, golden to light reddish brown scales.
Fronds erect or arching, 30-100 cm long. Stipes 1/3-1/2 frond length, straw-colored to brown, often bluish, glabrous except at base. Blades deeply pinnatifid, narrowly oblong, 5-18 pairs of alternate lobes, tips long-pointed, terminal segments similar to lateral lobes, light green to bluish green, often glaucous, coriaceous, rachises and midribs of lobes usually dusky bluish. Lobes linear-oblong, acuminate. Veins bluish.
Sori in 1-2 rows on either side of midrib, arising at tips of single included veinlets or at junctures of 2 or 3 included veinlets.
Sally Eichhorn