Flora of the Hawaiian Islands
Pteridophyte Literature for Pteris cretica
Palmer 2003.
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      Pteris cretica

Common name(s): `oali, Cretan brake
General Information
DistributionHawaii. Pteris cretica is widely distributed in temperate and tropical parts of the world and is probably native to the Old World.In the Hawaiian Islands, indigenous to Kaua`i, O`ahu, Moloka`i, Lana`i, Maui, Hawai`i.

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HabitatLocally common in dry to mesic areas.
Elevation340-2,450 m
Plants medium-sized, terrestrial. Rhizomes short-creeping.
Fronds 17-90 X 15-30 cm. Stipes 1/2 or more frond length, straw-colored, glabrous except for a few light brown scales at base. Blades 1-pinnate (basal pinnae forked into 2 subequal branches), ovate or ovate-oblong, light green, chartaceous, glabrous, tips of terminal pinnae similar to and about equal in length to lateral pinnae; rachises unwinged or winged only toward tips. Pinnae 3-5 pairs, subopposite to alternate, linear-lanceolate, short-stalked to adnate, entire basal pinnae divided into almost equal branches, more distal pinnae unbranched decurrent on upper 1/4 of rachis or not, margins nearly entire to finely dentate.
Coenosori continuous along most of pinna margins. Indusia thin.
Sally Eichhorn