|Pteridophyte|| Literature for Pteris cretica
Common name(s): `oali, Cretan brake
|Distribution||Hawaii. 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.|
|Habitat||Locally common in dry to mesic areas.|
||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.