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
DistributionWidely 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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HabitatDry to mesic areas
Elevation340-2450 m
Terrestrial, medium-sized; rhizomes short-creeping.
Fronds 17-90 X 15-30 cm; stipe 1/2 or more frond length, straw-colored, glabrous except for a few light brown scales at base; blade 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.
Latin creticus, of Crete.
Sally Eichhorn